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Chelsea: Tuchel will remain manager, Blues fans are emotional owners – Broughton

Chelsea’s potential owner, Sir Martin Broughton, has insisted that Thomas Tuchel will remain as the club’s head coach should his consortium bid to buy the West London club be successful.

Broughton, a partner with private equity company Sports Investment Partners, who is leading a consortium bid alongside World Athletics president Lord Sebastian Coe, also said that Chelsea fans are emotional owners.

Recall that the deadline to bid for Chelsea passed on Friday night and US bank, The Raine Group, have been tasked with handling the sale of the Stamford Bridge club on behalf of current owner Roman Abramovich, and multiple offers have been submitted.

Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government earlier this month, with the Russian billionaire’s assets frozen.

As a result of Abramovich’s sanctions, reports had emerged that Tuchel could leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

But Broughton, a former Liverpool and British Airways chairman, has now stated categorically that Tuchel will be kept on if he is in charge of the reigning Champions League holders.

“Do the fans want Thomas Tuchel to stay? Absolutely we want him to stay,” Broughton told talkSPORT.

“There is not a Chelsea fan around that I know that would suggest any other solution would be the right solution.

“Ultimately in all of these things, that will finish up being down to Thomas Tuchel.

“But there is only one position we will be taking.”

“Once we become the legal owners, we have to remember that the emotional ownership is actually with the fans. So you have got to involve them in one way or another,”Broughton added.

“We don’t want to sit and tell fans which ones [ownership models] we are going to introduce. I have actually met the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust.

“We said to them, which ones do you want? How do you want this to work in the future? Because we need to carry you with us. You are the emotional owners of this club.”

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