Harry Redknapp blasts Gary Neville's claims Thomas Tuchel is 'top manager' and questions incoming Chelsea boss' record

HARRY REDKNAPP has blasted Gary Neville's claims that Chelsea are bringing in a 'top manager' in Thomas Tuchel.

And the former Spurs boss went on to say that the former PSG boss was 'entitled' to win titles with the French giants.

Redknapp's nephew Frank Lampard was sacked by the Blues yesterday following a poor run in the Premier League.

Chelsea are set to move quickly, with Tuchel expected to be appointed on time to take charge of tomorrow's Stamford Bridge clash with Wolves.

On the appointment, Sky Sports pundit Neville, 45, said: "It's another top manager who is coming to the Premier League.

"We’ve been blessed over the past few years with some absolutely outstanding managers to see the league rise to being the best in Europe again with the performances of clubs in the Champions League improving, with Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino getting to semi-finals and finals.

"Tuchel is another manager who has got that sort of pedigree, so it’s a great addition to the Premier League if he does come."

But Redknapp, 73, questioned the validity of Tuchel's achievements.

He told Sky Sports News: "They will bring a new manager in now.

"I heard Gary Neville saying earlier they’ve got another great manager coming into the league.


"Who says he’s a great manager? Winning titles at PSG in France doesn’t make you a great manager. What does that prove?

"You’re quite entitled to win the league in France when you’re managing PSG. Only time will tell how good he is."

Neville did, however, claim that Tuchel will be sacked within 18 months to two years.

"It's Chelsea, and that's what Chelsea do. Frank is not a victim of his poor performance as a manager.

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

"I don't worry for Frank.

We'll be talking about him being let go in the next 18 months to two years, I'm pretty sure of that

"I'm sure he'll go on to have a great managerial career as I feel he handled himself fantastically well in that job. It's a tough job and he's done well at it.

"Tuchel will be exposed to exactly the same rules as Frank.

"We'll be talking about him being let go in the next 18 months to two years, I'm pretty sure of that."

SunSport earlier exclusively revealed that Tuchel, 47, will be expected to challenge for the title THIS season, despite currently trailing Manchester United by 11 points.

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