Marina Granovskaia has been told by Crystal Palace owner Steve Parish that Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has handled the sanctions situations ‘impeccably’ well amid rumours linking him with an exit from the club.
Tuchel has been the main figure head that has had to answer the difficult questions that have come about from the media since Roman Abramovich’s sanctions were announced last week.
Petr Cech was the first key figure at the Blues to face the media and the legendary goalkeeper did a good job in informing the west London faithful of what was going as we approach a new week in the takeover race, but also what was going on with Tuchel, whose future has been thrown up in the air due to all the uncertainty around the club.
Speaking about Tuchel on Sky Sports, Cech said: “Thomas (Tuchel) is contracted until 2024 and as it stands, the contracts should be able to run through until they are meant to finish and we hope to have him as a coach because since has come in he has been absolutely brilliant. But it is another thing because tomorrow, the situation could change and my answer is then irrelevant.”
This stance was reflected by the manager himself, who confirmed that he was taking things day-to-day but could at least commit to the end of the 2021/22 season.
“There’s no doubt I’ll stay until the end of the season. Absolutely. We just have to wait and we still have to go day-by-day because everything can change,” Tuchel reflected in his post-Newcastle press conference.
“As you know the situation is clear, the club’s for sale, and hopefully, it will go through to sort things out and give us a perspective. But it’s pure speculation and I have no further information than you already have.
“That’s what I meant with day-by-day, which is anyway a good way to live your life, and now we are forced to do it because there are some circumstances we cannot influence, and at some point it’s not so nice because we have no strings to pull and no actions to do to help.
“On the other side it gives you the freedom to focus on what we can influence, and this is our performances and to show the spirit.
“Of course, the focus is on the first team, our players and me and the first team of Chelsea. But Chelsea is much more than the first team of the Premier League. It’s a massive club, massive club with huge tradition and there are hundreds of people who I’m pretty sure worry more than our players and staff, me included.
“For them, it’s important that we show the spirit and give them a bit of a distraction, some hope and show what we are about, and we are about football because we love the game.”
Tuchel’s words have helped dispel rumours that Manchester United could make a move for the German but alongside Tuchel, his compatriot Ralf Rangnick was also quick to pour cold water on comments made by Jamie Carragher.
However, with only Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag as the front runners in this managerial race, the Red Devils could return in the summer if things in SW6 were to remain uncertain.
Something that Crystal Palace co-owner and chairman Parish has warned Granovskaia of, with the 56-year-old outlining just why Tuchel is such an valuable asset to the club during these turbulent times.
He took to Twitter to express his thoughts on Chelsea’s situation via his account @CEO4TAG: ‘Not my business really to comment on other clubs but I feel compelled to say this guy has been thrown into a near impossible situation and yet conducted himself impeccably. He’s a credit to the institution of Chelsea FC it’s supporters, the Premier League and himself.’