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Gary Neville's Bold Prediction On How Long Thomas Tuchel Will Last At Chelsea

Gary Neville's Bold Prediction On How Long Thomas Tuchel Will Last At Chelsea

Gary Neville has predicted how long incoming Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will last at the club, claiming he will be out "in the next 18 months to two years".

The German manager, who took Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League final last season, is replacing Frank Lampard after the club legend's 18-month spell in charge of the Blues. Neville told Sky Sports that he rates Tuchel highly - but that the culture of the club dictates he simply won't last.

"He's a great addition to the Premier League," said Neville.

"If Tuchel comes in he will be exposed to exactly the same rules as Frank, and we will be talking about him being let go in the next 18 months to two years, I'm pretty sure of that"

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The 47-year-old Tuchel managed Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund before PSG, but is now stepping into a role with an incredibly high turnover.

Only Jose Mourinho (twice) has lasted over two years as Chelsea manager in the past 15 years. Even the likes of Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti - who both won the Premier League and FA Cup with the Blues - only lasted two years before being let go.

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So Neville's prediction that Tuchel only has 18 months to two years is based on solid data. The Manchester United great also defended the job Lampard has done at Chelsea, despite this season's struggles with the club sitting ninth in the table after 19 games.

"I honestly sit here today with no feeling of sorry for Frank or any feeling other than that he's done a really good job," added Neville. "It's Chelsea, that's what Chelsea do. Frank is not a victim of his poor performance as a manager.

"Frank is just someone who has been exposed to Chelsea's model of releasing managers every 12 to 18 months if things don't go as they want. That's a pretty high standard that they live to.

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"I don't have any worry for Frank's managerial career, I think he'll do a brilliant job. I think he's handled himself fantastically well at Chelsea. That's a tough job, that one."

Featured image credit: PA Images/Sky Sports

Topics: Frank Lampard, Football News, Chelsea, Football, Thomas Tuchel, Premier League, Gary Neville

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