Recently sacked Premier League manager Thomas Tuchel expresses an interest in the England job should Gareth Southgate leave.
The 49 year German, who is currently out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in September, is open to becoming England manager in the future, according to reports in his home country.
He had been linked with a return to the Bundesliga but reportedly turned down the chance to manage Bayer Leverkusen, and the club have since appointed ex-Liverpool legend Xabi Alonso.
Could Thomas Tuchel be the next England manager?
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 13, 2022
German newspaper Bild state that Tuchel would be open to taking the England job if it became available in the future.
Southgate is under mounting pressure ahead of next month’s World Cup following a dismal run of results that has seen England fail to win their last six matches, but is adamant he has no plans to step aside after the tournament in Qatar.
According to newspaper outlet Bild, Tuchel take the England job if it became available in the future with Southgate under huge pressure to go far and even win the World Cup.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Football Association would consider an overseas successor to Southgate, but Tuchel would be open to any approach and Mauricio Pochettino was also in attendance at Wembley for England’s last game before the World Cup – the 3-3 draw against Germany.
Tuchel has been living near Chelsea’s Cobham training base and his daughters go to a school in Surrey.
Tuchel is keen in resuming his coaching career in England, which would see him granted a new Governing Body Endorsement visa, and would be open to the national team job.
He has also turned down approaches regarding two club jobs in England and one in Spain as he considers his options and waits for the right opportunity to arrive.
England have failed to win their last six matches, the form and performances since the Euro Final defeat to Italy has been uninspiring, however despite growing calls for him to leave, he remains adamant he won’t be stepping aside after the tournament in Qatar.
Instead, Southgate wants to see out his contract with the deal running out in 2024 but knows that his future lies with the FA should they flop in the upcoming tournament.
He pointed to his years of experience as he was questioned if he doubted himself following recent criticism.
Southgate replied: “I’m fortunate that I’m now sadly in my 50s, I have been in football for 30 years and I have gone in one guise or another to 12 tournaments, working with these chaps, scouting – this will be my seventh as player or a coach, so I have seen pretty much everything.
“The cycle of war with the media, the love-in – we are somewhere in the middle of that, it is an experience that I knew at some point would probably come with this job so I have to accept that.”
“Look, I’m the manager,” he asserted. “The results haven’t been at the level we want, that we require, so no matter what job you have in football that would be the case.
“Of course with the national team that noise is going to be louder and more widespread, I understand that.
“I’m not hiding from it, we are not enjoying it but we have to keep doing the right things every day to keep improving.”
Southgate also knows his future will be dictated by England’s World Cup performance rather than previous successes or the fact his contract runs until 2024.
“I am not foolish,” he added. “My sole focus at the moment is to get the team right for (Monday) night.
“We’re focused on a good performance, a good result, then you’re looking towards the World Cup. And I know ultimately I will be judged on what happens at that World Cup.
“Contracts are irrelevant in football because managers can have three, four, five-year contracts and if results aren’t good enough then you accept that’s time to part ways.”
💬 “I know I’ll be judged on what happens at the World Cup. Contracts are irrelevant in football.”
Gareth Southgate speaks openly about his future as England manager pic.twitter.com/EsysxnUuID
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 26, 2022
For a long while now, and despite becoming new Chelsea boss recently, Graham Potter remains the bookies’ favourite to be the next Three Lions manager.
Tuchel was got rid of by new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly just 100 days into his reign and is thought the two had a difficult relationship during his time at Stamford Bridge.
He’s previously managed at the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, winning the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021 and of the 100 games in charge of the Stamford Bridge outfit, won 60, drew 24 and lost 16.
Potter has already impressed, winning three of his four games at Chelsea so far, including a double over AC Milan in the Champions League.
NEXT ENGLAND MANAGER ODDS (SKY BET)
Graham Potter – 2/1
Eddie Howe – 3/1
Mauricio Pochettino – 5/1
Steve Cooper – 6/1
Thomas Tuchel – 12/1
Arsene Wenger – 12/1
This is what Twitter users had to say as recently sacked Premier League manager Thomas Tuchel expresses an interest in the England job…
@robthecult: Sign him up….!
@Tom0515c: Would be an amazing hire. Aren’t many coaches of his calibre happy to do international football. Him managing arguably the most talented English pool of talent ever seems a no brainer.
@LovelyGeezer65: Thomas Tuchel is still in London doing fuck all other than walking the dog and watching Loose Women. Give him the Millwall job. He doesn’t need the money. Prove you’re a good coach Thomas. Anyone can spend £300 million. But can you get Scott Malone to cross a ball?
@LewisWebb03: Would be the perfect fit, bring him in
@mcgheed10: What we waiting for
@TheBladette: Get him in before the World Cup starts imo
@GibJ74: Wouldn’t be against the idea but would still prefer Graham Potter.
@Dill0n19: Get him in ASAP
@southern_dale: Get him in. One of the best KO artists in the world. Elite tactician.
@jj_burgess: What the fuck are we waiting for??
@jamietilstonn: We’d absolutely piss the world cup with him in charge, fucking do it now instead
@BenPurdham97: For gods sake, Get it done before, PLEASE!!!
@Pathenry97: If anyone at the FA had half a brain cell they would get him in immediately
@Bailey_SUFC: Get Southgate gone now
@ryanlewis79: Get him in. Give him whatever numbers he wants. With our squad, he’s the man
@arkamufc00: Even as a proud Englishman I’ll be honoured to have a German lead our great country towards glory. #VivaEngland 🏴🍺
@caltecked: Honestly he’s better suited to international footy
@lukeSR_1: Get him in now
a job’s a job’s
throw in a talented squad and the fact doesn’t have to relocate and it’s a no-brainer
— alex (@AlexAVFC67) October 13, 2022