‘Todd Boehly was interfering with things that didn’t concern him’ – Rio Ferdinand reveals Tuchel’s side of the story

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A lot has been said of the decision made by the new Chelsea owners to dismiss Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel had built a reputation at the club after winning the Champions League, and his sacking came as a shock to everyone.

Rio Ferdinand who had interviewed Tuchel before his dismissal, has now opened up on so many things that went on behind the scenes.

According to Rio Ferdinand, Todd Boehly was even trying to influence the team’s tactics, and had told Tuchel to play a ‘4-4-3’ system.

Ferdinand said on Vibe with Five: “It’s a big thing with a manager being sacked and the way it happened.

“I met him and did an interview with him just prior to that about his Chelsea team and the way it’s structured and his plans going forward. It was just really mad and it was surreal really when I heard the news coming through because the way he was talking to me on and off screen was like he was delighted to be there.

“I’ve spoken to people behind the scenes and from good sources it was as much a surprise to the coaching staff as it was to everyone outside. The staff had spent a lot of time speaking to the owners and from what I’m told Tuchel and his team had never had as much engagement with owners at any point in their careers.

“There’s hands on and there’s too much. From what I hear they were getting their noses too into things that should be left to a manager.”

Tuchel added: “Can you get away with one extra player on the pitch? I’ve heard those stories, they’re trying to influence even player selection and when you get to that point you can start to understand why a manager would have some pushback.

“Tuchel, the personality and character he is, he wouldn’t have accepted that, some other characters will do as new owners say but Thomas Tuchel isn’t that guy.”