Chelsea face setback in managerial search as former Bayern Munich boss declines offer

Chelsea face setback in managerial search as former Bayern Munich boss declines offer

Festus Chuma 11:30 - 22.05.2024

Hansi Flick declines interest in Chelsea managerial role following Mauricio Pochettino's departure, focusing on other potential projects.

Former Bayern Munich and Germany manager Hansi Flick has ruled out the possibility of taking over at Chelsea, following the club's recent parting of ways with Mauricio Pochettino.

The announcement of Pochettino's departure came on Tuesday night, just days after he guided Chelsea to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, securing European football for next season

Pochettino’s tenure at Stamford Bridge, while marked by some notable achievements such as reaching the Carabao Cup final and the FA Cup semi-finals, ultimately fell short of expectations. 

Questions about his future had lingered, particularly after his reluctance to confirm his position for the next season and his absence from the lap of appreciation following Chelsea's final game against Bournemouth.

The search for Pochettino's successor began immediately, with several high-profile names being linked to the Chelsea job. 

Among these were Roberto De Zerbi, Thomas Tuchel, and Jose Mourinho. Hansi Flick’s name also emerged as a potential candidate, but according to Sky Sports’ Florian Plettenberg, the German manager is not interested in the Chelsea role. 

 "Flick is focused on other projects," citing sources close to the 59-year-old. 

Flick has been without a job since his dismissal as Germany manager following a 4-1 defeat to Japan last September, which marked their fourth loss in five games. 

Despite this, his impressive track record with Bayern Munich, where he secured seven trophies including back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the 2019/20 Champions League, has kept him in the conversation for top managerial positions.

Flick has recently been linked with a potential return to Bayern Munich, as well as being considered for roles at Barcelona and Manchester United. However, his immediate future seems to lie away from Stamford Bridge. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea fans are keeping a close eye on developments regarding Thomas Tuchel.

 Reports from Germany suggest that Tuchel, who left Bayern Munich after a rare trophyless campaign, has had discussions about a possible return to Chelsea. 

Despite previous conflicts with Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, Tuchel is reportedly open to the idea of coming back to the club where he led them to a Champions League victory three years ago.

In a brief statement on Chelsea’s official website, Pochettino expressed his gratitude, saying,

“Thank you to the Chelsea ownership group and sporting directors for the opportunity to be part of this football club’s history. The club is now well positioned to keep moving forward in the Premier League and Europe in the years to come.”

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