Manchester United are “interested” in appointing Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel as their next manager, according to The Guardian‘s Jamie Jackson.
The Athletic‘s trusted United correspondent Laurie Whitwell confirmed United’s pursuit last week and Jackson has now backed those claims:
“They want to try and appoint the permanent manager as soon as possible. Obviously, it’s a little bit difficult when people are already in jobs. He’s defo one of the favourites. The last I was told, as I understood it, there wasn’t a clear running favourite. They are interested in Tuchel now at Chelsea because of his situation. They understood he’s under contract and the rest of it. But, Tuchel, Ten Haag, Pochettino, if you asked me who I think they would prefer, I think it would probably be Tuchel for obvious reasons. His track record: Champions League winner, FIFA Club World Cup.”
Hiring Tuchel still seems like a long shot, especially if Chelsea’s takeover by new owners goes smoothly in the coming weeks, but we shall see how that process plays out.
Another well-respected journalist, David Ornstein, has said that United are pressing ahead with their plans to appoint a new permanent manager over the coming weeks, with interviews scheduled.
Some have suggested that Ajax’s Erik ten Hag is the favourite if Tuchel can’t be lured away from Stamford Bridge, but there are some doubts over the Dutchman’s ability to take the reins of such a big club.
PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino, Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui and Spain manager Luis Enrique are some of the other names in the frame for the job.