Tuesday, February 7, 2023

UK government demand ex-Chelsea manager Tuchel leave country after sacking

UK government demand ex-Chelsea manager Tuchel leave country after sacking

Thomas Tuchel, the former manager of Chelsea, is the first big football personality to be forced to leave the United Kingdom as a result of post-Brexit visa restrictions.

Tuchel was fired by Chelsea in September despite leading the Blues to the Champions League title in 2021.

Todd Boehly, the new owner of Chelsea, cited a “lack of shared vision for the club” as the reason for his dismissal and replacement with Graham Potter.

This has major repercussions for Tuchel personally, as he will be forced to leave England in December, despite the fact that his family is settled in Surrey and his two young girls attend school there.

When Tuchel arrived in England, he did so under a post-Brexit Governing Body Endorsement visa, but it expired when he lost his job, despite his contention that he improved the profile of English football by winning the Champions League and developing local international footballers.

Two of his aides, Zsolt Low and Benjamin Webber, will not have to leave the country when Tuchel does since Chelsea has placed them on gardening leave, safeguarding them from their visa expiration.

Tuchel is currently believed to be relocating to Munich, although he will continue to make frequent trips to London while he seeks the appropriate opportunity to return to football.

Ironically, the FA may do so if England manager Gareth Southgate resigns after the World Cup next month.

UK government demand ex-Chelsea manager Tuchel leave country after sacking

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