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Ralf Rangnick has revealed that Chelsea approached him before appointing Thomas Tuchel as their new manager.
Chelsea decided to replace Frank Lampard with Tuchel in January after his form deteriorated.
The move appears to be paying off, as Tuchel has yet to taste defeat in his first five games in charge. Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in four of those games.
However, only time will tell success Tuchel will be in the hot seat of Stamford Bridge.
However, things could have turned out differently. Former RB Leipzig boss Rangnick has confirmed that Chelsea asked him to become their interim manager first.
However, Rangnick did not want to sign up on those terms.
The 62-year-old counted The times: “I said, ‘I’d like to come work with you, but I can’t do it for four months. I’m not an interim coach. “
However, Rangnick opened the door to a future job in the Premier League.
He added: “It would have to be something special. It depends on the club and if you want to work with a German coach ”.
Rangnick might even have worked in England at an earlier stage. He revealed that he was Sam Allardyce’s main competitor for the England squad spot in 2017.
He said: “The England job was between Allardyce and me. They decided on Sam. We know how that was. “
Tuchel said how to keep the job
Meanwhile, the man Chelsea chose in place of Rangnick got some advice.
Tuchel signed an 18-month deal to become Chelsea’s new manager, but one expert believes he knows what the German must do to have the best chance of extending that term.