Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has been set a goal with a lucrative incentive owner Roman Abramovich.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager took charge from Frank Lampard a few weeks ago. Chelsea’s faltering campaign was characterised with a sudden dip that saw them five points off a Champions League spot.
Since being named new coach, Tuchel has started his reign with a draw and win in his first two games. The slide, at least for the moment, has been arrested.
The Mail has reported that Tuchel has a huge financial incentive to spur the team on.
With a contract lasting 18 months, Tuchel has been appointed till the end of the next campaign.
If the german is able to ensure Champions League qualification in this season and the next, Abromovich has promised to extend his contract.
A Champions League spot in granted to the top 4 teams in the English Premier League.
As Abromovich aims to reduce compensation payments, he has incentivised the contract offered to Tuchel to ensure that the manager is able to get the best out of the team.
Chelsea has been set back by £110m in pay-offs to sacked managers since the Abromovich reign began in 2003. It is worth noting that Tuchel is the 13th man to take charge of the team since then.
Tuchel himself admitted that when he was first offered the job, he viewed it with skepticism.
Contract length not a problem for Tuchel
Following Chelsea’s return to winning ways in a 2-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday, Tuchel spoke about the length of the contract he was offered.
“At first it was a concern, I was a little like, ‘Oh, why 18 months’.
“But after only one minute I thought: ‘What does it change? What does it change if they give me four and a half years? They could sack me anyway’.
“If they are not happy with me, they will sack me anyway. And if they gave me four and a half years they would put in a clause that when they sack me, they’ll pay me,” he said.
Lampard, too, had a break clause in his contract for 2 years. In essence, this means that Chelsea will only have to pay him till the end of the season.
Tuchel, the confident man that he is, has reportedly already “dared” the Blues hierarchy to sack him if he fails to meet their expectations.