Blog: Thomas Tuchel left in post-Brexit visa limbo after Chelsea sacking – The Telegraph

Thomas Tuchel has been left in post-Brexit visa limbo over his future following his sacking by Chelsea.

German coach Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea’s new owners on September 7 and is still living near the club’s Cobham training base. 

He was spotted in London this week and Tuchel’s daughters attend school in Surrey. But Telegraph Sport can reveal the Champions League-winning coach is still waiting to find out exactly when he might be required to leave the country.

Having arrived on a post-Brexit Governing Body Endorsement visa, Tuchel is thought to have a maximum of 90 days since his sacking to remain in the country, but that is yet to be confirmed by either the Football Association or the Home Office.

Tuchel and his representatives are currently considering his options and waiting for clarity, but, in the meantime, Chelsea’s former head coach is unable to make any firm plans.

A representative for Tuchel told Telegraph Sport: “We will act in accordance with UK rules and adapt all future plans. Final decisions are not made yet.”

Despite quickly joining Chelsea after his Paris Saint-Germain sacking, Tuchel spent a year in Dortmund after leaving Borussia Dortmund and similarly took a 12-month sabbatical after leaving Mainz.

But Tuchel, who won the Champions League four months after being appointed by Chelsea, is currently unable to do that in England, even though he is happy and comfortable in the country.

Despite only having been out of work for two weeks, Tuchel has already been linked with a return to management with Bayern Munich in his native Germany.

Tuchel is thought to favour a swift return to work, but has not yet made any decisions on where he will base himself until he gets a job because of the uncertainty surrounding how long he will be able to stay in the UK.

And with those talks ongoing, Tuchel is yet to consider whether or not he would like to return to Germany to work, wait for another job in the Premier League or look at offers from elsewhere.

Having win the Champions League with Chelsea and reached the finals of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, Tuchel is believed to feel he has unfinished business in the Premier League, which he hoped to win with the Blues before leaving the club.

Tuchel was one of the first foreign coaches to move to England following the post-Brexit change of rules, with Chelsea having to make a special application for his staff to be allowed to travel to England with him.

The decision to sack Tuchel and his backroom staff was just one of a number of high-profile changes at Chelsea since the change of ownership and there was confirmation of another departure on Thursday, with director of communications Steve Atkins leaving the club.

Atkins has been at Chelsea for 14 years, but has taken a job at McLaren Racing which constitutes a significant blow for the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership.

Confirming the departure of Atkins, who is one of the most highly-respected communications directors across all sports, Boehly said: “On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Steve for his 14 years of dedication to Chelsea F.C. We have greatly valued his advice and counsel, and will continue to leverage his experience and knowledge over the next few months. We wish him every success in his new senior role at McLaren Racing.”

Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, co-controlling owners, added: “We wish Steve and his family the best and are excited for Steve as he embarks on a new adventure at McLaren Racing. He has been an invaluable partner and trusted advisor to Todd, José and I and the rest of the new ownership group and a senior leader at Chelsea over the past 14 years, one who embodies our values of collaboration, engagement, inclusion, and tireless work. Steve will continue to be a trusted advisor and part of the Chelsea family for years to come.”

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