Julian Nagelsmann makes ‘preferred solution’ decision over Chelsea vacancy amid Spurs interest & Tuchel admission
Julian Nagelsmann has offered his stance on the Chelsea job after Graham Potter was sacked, according to reports.
Chelsea decided to sack the 47-year-old on Sunday afternoon following face-to-face talks at the club’s Cobham training ground.
The reluctant decision was made after Chelsea suffered their 12th defeat from 31 games under Potter since he was first appointed last September from Brighton & Hove Albion to succeed Thomas Tuchel.
Searching for a permanent successor will be ‘exhaustive and thorough’ and led by sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, with co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali playing ‘supporting roles’, as reported by Matt Law.
Up to five names could be interviewed including Nagelsmann, Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique, Luciano Spalletti and at least one other candidate, according to the report.
Nagelsmann’s stance has been revealed. As reported by Nizaar Kinsella, he would be open to listening to the Chelsea job, although his initial plan was to take a break until the summer before returning to management.
Spurs have been linked with the 35-year-old too after sacking Antonio Conte. However, Christian Falk of BILD has revealed Nagelsmann would prefer to join the Blues over their London rivals.
There is no timescale for when the next appointment will be made despite a huge quarter-final Champions League tie against Real Madrid awaiting next week and the week after.
Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by Chelsea earlier this season, insisted he didn’t need to give Nagelsmann any advice on the potential job at Stamford Bridge due to the club being ‘different’ to when he was there.
The 49-year-old told German reporters: “Well, if he would ask me (for advice) because he’s not going to ask me because he doesn’t need my advice.
“I received it yesterday on my cell phone as a push notification. In the end, it was pretty tough timing because it was right after I took over here and now the next coaching position is available at Chelsea.
“I needed quite a bit of time to distance myself from Chelsea because I really liked working there, there were friendships for life that I managed to get. It was a very intense time.
“But the club changed massively, so it was easier for me to get a bit of distance between myself and the club, so there were not too many emotions involved.
“That’s why I don’t have to give any advice (to Nagelsmann) because the club is different than the one I worked for.”
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