Thomas Tuchel has been left in post-Brexit visa limbo over his ability to stay in the UK after Chelsea sacked him.
German manager Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea’s new owners on September 7 and still lives near the club’s Cobham training base.
He was seen in London this week and Tuchel’s daughters attend school in Surrey. But Telegraph Sport may reveal that the Champions League-winning manager is still waiting to find out exactly when he will be asked to leave the country.
Having arrived on a post-Brexit Governing Body Support visa, Tuchel is believed to have a maximum of 90 days from his dismissal to remain in the country, but that has yet to be confirmed by the Football Association.
Tuchel and his representatives are currently considering their options and waiting for clarity, but in the meantime, the former Chelsea head coach is unable to make any firm plans.
A representative for Tuchel told Telegraph Sport: “We will act in accordance with UK rules and will accommodate all future plans. Final decisions have yet to be made.”
Despite quickly joining Chelsea after his sacking from Paris Saint-Germain, Tuchel spent a year at Dortmund after leaving Borussia Dortmund and similarly took a 12-month sabbatical after leaving Mainz.
But Tuchel, who won the Champions League four months after being designated by Chelsea, cannot currently do that in England, even though he is happy and comfortable in the country.
Despite only being out of work for two weeks, Tuchel has already been linked with a managerial return with Bayern Munich in his native Germany.
Tuchel is believed to be in favor of a quick return to work, but has not yet made any decision on where he will be based until he gets a job due to uncertainty over how long he will be able to stay in the UK.
And with those talks ongoing, Tuchel has yet to consider whether or not he would like to return to Germany for work, wait for another job in the Premier League or look elsewhere for offers.
After winning the Champions League with Chelsea and reaching the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals, Tuchel is believed to feel he has unfinished business in the Premier League, which he hoped to win with the Blues before leaving the club.
Tuchel was one of the first foreign managers to move to England following the post-Brexit rule change, and Chelsea had to make a special request for their staff to travel to England with him.
The decision to sack Tuchel and his backroom staff was just one of a series of high-profile changes at Chelsea since the change in ownership and there was confirmation of another departure on Thursday, with communications director Steve Atkins leaving the club.
Atkins has been at Chelsea for 14 years but took a job at McLaren Racing, dealing a significant blow to the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership.
Confirming the departure of Atkins, who is one of the most respected communications directors in all of sports, Boehly said: “On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Steve for his 14 years of dedication to Chelsea FC. he valued his advice and counsel, and will continue to draw on his experience and knowledge for months to come. We wish him every success in his new senior role at McLaren Racing.”
Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, co-controlling owners, added: “We wish Steve and his family well and are excited for Steve as he embarks on a new adventure at McLaren Racing. He has been an invaluable partner and trusted advisor to Todd, Jose and I and the rest of the new ownership group and a senior leader at Chelsea for the past 14 years, someone who embodies our values of collaboration, commitment, inclusion and hard work. . . Steve will continue to be a trusted advisor and part of the Chelsea family for years to come.”