Chelsea’s five other candidates before Tuchel appointment and where they are now

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Thomas Tuchel has been a resounding success at Chelsea since replacing Frank Lampard back in January.

When the German arrived in west London, the Blues were languishing in ninth place and struggling for any sort of consistency.

He transformed the club more or less overnight, notably shoring up the defence and conceding just two goals in his first 15 matches.

Over the next few weeks Tuchel recorded impressive victories over Diego Simeone, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, successfully yanking Chelsea back up the table and into the latter stages of Europe and the FA Cup.

He ended the season with a top four finish and by beating Manchester City in the Champions League final in Lisbon, and the Blues are showing no signs of slowing down.

The acquisition of Romelu Lukaku over the summer has added much-needed firepower to an already frightening Chelsea squad bursting with talent, and after 10 games, Tuchel's side find themselves three points clear at the top of the Premier League. Not bad for nine months on the job.

However, it could have all been so different.

Here are the other managers Chelsea considered after Lampard's dismissal, and what they've been up to since.

Julian Nagelsmann

Julian Nagelsmann, who was managing RB Leipzig at the time, represented an intriguing option for the Blues.

Not only was he one of Europe's most sought-after young coaches, but he was also a man who managed to get the very best out Timo Werner – who has struggled for goals and confidence since arriving at Stamford Bridge.

The German bagged 34 goals in 45 games while working under Nagelsmann, and that alone would be reason enough for Chelsea to consider him.

Nagelsmann though was reluctant to leave mid-season, and instead chose to see out the remainder of the campaign at the Red Bull Arena, before eventually jumping ship to Bayern Munich, who payed a whopping £28m for his services – a world record for a manager.

Fast forward to November 2021 and Nagelsmann sits atop the Bundesliga with eight wins from his opening 10 matches with Bayern.

Massimiliano Allegri

Following a trophy-laden spell as Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri was arguably the most high-profile option available to Chelsea.

The Italian had been out of work for a year-and-a-half by the time the Blues came sniffing around, having stepped down as Juventus boss in May 2019 after sealing his fifth-straight Serie A title with the club.

As it turned out, Allegri would return to Turin four months later, replacing Andrea Pirlo who had been sacked following Juventus' dismal fourth-place league finish.

Though Allegri has been struggling to rekindle the old magic with the Old Lady. Three months in to the new season and Juventus find themselves in ninth position, with just four wins from 11 matches.

They're faring a little better in the Champions League though, with four wins from their opening four group games – including an impressive victory over Tuchel's Chelsea, in fact.

Which of these five managers do you think would have fared as Chelsea boss? Let us know in the comments section…

Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko's playing career at Chelsea never really got going, but he could have made a surprise return as manager if things had turned out a little differently.

At the time, Shevchenko was head coach of the Ukrainian national team, having taken the helm back in 2016 following a short stint as assistant manager.

He didn't have a heap of experience, but a healthy relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is enough to open plenty doors around Stamford Bridge, and Shevchenko and the Russian billionaire reportedly remain very close.

Nevertheless, Abramovich chose Tuchel, and Shevchenko lead Ukraine into Euro 2020 later that summer, guiding them to the quarter-finals for the first time in the nation's history where they were knocked out by England.

Despite his success, Shevchenko resigned from his post a few weeks later and has been out of a job ever since.

Ralf Rangnick

The third German to be considered by Chelsea was Ralf Rangnick.

Having flitted between managerial and director of football roles over the last two decades, Rangnick had developed quite an impressive reputation as an astute footballing mind – overseeing much of the development of Red Bull's various teams.

It's understood that Chelsea offered Rangnick the manager's job before Tuchel, but only on an interim basis – an offer he turned down.

The 63-year-old, who hasn't managed a team since leaving RB Leipzig in 2019, is currently Manager of Sports and Development at Lokomotiv Moscow, who are currently second in the Russian Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers

Another man who could have made a surprise return to Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers was considered following his impressive spell with Leicester City.

The Northern Irishman was hired by Jose Mourinho in 2004 to work in Chelsea's youth academy, and was promoted to reserve team manager two years later before embarking on a senior managerial career.

After being sacked by Liverpool in 2015, Rodgers rebuilt his reputation in Scotland with Celtic, which eventually earned him a move back to the Premier League with Leicester in 2019 where he remains to this day.

Following back-to-back fifth place finishes, Rodgers' side have stumbled out of the starting gate, winning just four out of their opening 10 league matches.

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