Jamie Carragher tells Man United to poach manager Thomas Tuchel from rivals Chelsea, insisting a move for the German is a ‘no-brainer’ amid doubts over the club’s future after their Russian owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the government
- Jamie Carragher insists Manchester United should try to recruit Thomas Tuchel
- Tuchel’s future at Chelsea could be in doubt after Abramovich was sanctioned
- United should now make the German as their No 1 target, according to Carragher
- Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag have both been linked with the United job
Jamie Carragher insists Manchester United should look to poach Thomas Tuchel from Chelsea after the Blues were plunged into crisis on Thursday with owner Roman Abramovich sanctioned.
Chelsea are facing an uncertain future after the Russian oligarch was was added to the UK’s sanctions list following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich, who is worth £ 9.4billion and has close ties to Vladimir Putin, planned to sell the club quickly before claiming to donate the net proceeds to the victims of the war in Ukraine. That has now been stopped by the UK Government.
A special license allows the European champions to continue playing all of their fixtures due to its status as a ‘significant cultural asset’, but only ‘existing ticket holders’ – including fans with season tickets – will be allowed to attend games.
And with contract rebels Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen looking likely to leave without the prospect of replacements being brought in, Tuchel could find life at Stamford Bridge extremely difficult.
The German boss – who won the Champions League last season before listing the Club World Cup this year – will find life in west London even more difficult and is being urged to swap the Blues for the Red Devils by Carragher.
‘Manchester United have been presented with the ideal opportunity to recruit the manager who should be their number one target: Thomas Tuchel,’ Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column.
Jamie Carragher (right) insists Manchester United should try to poach Thomas Tuchel (left) from Chelsea after the west London club was plunged into crisis on Thursday
Russian owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned leaving him unable to sell Chelsea
‘Given the events at Chelsea, United’s decision to wait until the end of the season presents them with a choice no-one could have foreseen. One of the best managers in the world – the current FIFA coach of the year – must be top of their list.
‘Tuchel, like everyone else at Stamford Bridge, will have no idea what the future holds at his current club. No-one can offer him any assurances about how the squad will look at the start of next season given the club’s sale is on hold.
‘No manager wants to be working amid such a background of uncertainty. If he gets the chance to leave for a club of United’s stature, he must take it.
‘United can offer him the security and backing every top coach craves. Yes, it will seem a predatory move – taking advantage of Chelsea’s crisis – but from United and Tuchel’s perspective the more you consider it, the more of a no-brainer it is. ‘
United are currently searching for a permanent manager to take over from Ralf Rangnick in the summer, with the German taking a consultancy role at Old Trafford.
The future of the Blues has been left up in the air with club activities severely limited
Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag have both been linked with the vacancy but could face serious competition if Tuchel was to enter the frame.
Abramovich was one of seven oligarchs to be hit with an asset freeze, not only making his plan to sell the club impossible but also having significant ramifications on the side’s day-to-day functions.
Chelsea’s status as a ‘significant cultural asset’ has seen the club granted a special license to continue playing, with their Premier League clash against Norwich on Thursday night going ahead as planned.
Abramovich will be deprived of any profits, however, with the club also banned from selling match tickets or signing new players moving forward.
Crucially, they won’t be able to tie any of their players down to new contracts, though they will continue to be paid in full, alongside all staff members at the club.
United are looking for a permanent manager to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick
Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Erik ten Hag (right) are both front-runners for the United job
Tuchel last week admitting he was fearful key members of his squad could depart.
‘The bottom line is maybe we can’t help it – it is what it is,’ Tuchel said. ‘You never know maybe it has a positive effect on the negotiations or maybe it has a negative effect.
‘We cannot predict and I would like not to predict on scenarios because you just lose focus, but everyone has a different situation and feels different about it (the sale).
‘I hope for the best outcome still, I think we have something to offer still. Chelsea are a strong club and will stay a strong club. ‘
The Stamford Bridge faithful will also be affected by the sanction, with the club banned from selling home and away tickets, meaning only those who have already bought tickets – including 28,000 season ticket holders – will be allowed to attend games.