EPL: Rio Ferdinand advises Boehly on manager that should replace Tuchel at Chelsea
Former Manchester United centre-back, Rio Ferdinand, believes Chelsea, under the leadership of their new co-owner, Todd Boehly, should appoint Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers as the club’s new manager.
Ferdinand said this after Chelsea on Wednesday morning announced the sack of Tuchel.
DAILY POST reports that Chelsea had parted ways with Tuchel following the Blues’ Champions League group stage 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
The likes of Brighton’s Graham Potter and former Paris Saint-Germain coach, Mauricio Pochettino, have been linked with a move to replace Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
“Potter has done an absolutely fabulous job at Brighton. They will be reluctant to let him go I’m sure,” Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel.
“He will be courted by bigger clubs, but would he take this job? He’s a great coach and as soon as he went into Brighton, their style of play changed. He’s got a clear idea of how they want to play. On the grass, he would be great.
“A lot of the questions would be around if he is able to handle the egos and the stature of players at Chelsea? He’s never had that experience.
“He’s not someone who has proved he can win trophies yet either. So there are things that could go against him. But I think the younger players at Chelsea would welcome him.”
If Chelsea decide against appointing Potter, Ferdinand reckons Rodgers, who spent two years as manager of Chelsea’s reserve team at the start of his coaching career, would be a ‘logical’ target.
“I think that would be logical and not too an outlandish appointment,” Ferdinand added. “He’s been at Chelsea before and proven elsewhere he can win trophies and build a football club.
“He’s won the FA Cup with Leicester, a team not considered a favourite for that competition. Yes, they are struggling right now, but I think a lot of that is down to the transfer window and a lack of investment.
“Their position now doesn’t reflect the quality of manager that Rodgers is. But can the owners see past that because they won’t want to sack Tuchel and appoint a manager at the bottom of the Premier League.
“I don’t think they will be looking at his history and his body of work that would put him in a position to be a candidate.”