New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel reckons the length of his contract is irrelevant, declaring: ‘If they’re not happy, they’ll sack me anyway.’
The German, who succeeded fired Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat last week, has been appointed on an 18-month deal.
And there is an option for Chelsea to extend his contract by a further year.
Despite being surprised by that relatively short-term offer, Tuchel reasoned it was still worth the gamble.
Tuchel, sacked by Paris Saint-German in December, said: “I want to be very honest. At first, it was a concern – a little bit like, ‘Oh, why 18 months?’
Thomas Tuchel knows what sort of life he faces at Chelsea and the pressure he will be under to deliver
“After after one minute, I thought: ‘What does it change if they gave me four-and-a-half years and sack me anyway?’
“If they’re not happy with me, they will sack me.
“If they gave four-and-a-half years and put in a clause that, when they sack me, they don’t pay me, where can I be sure with that?
After replacing Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel began his reign at Stamford Bridge with an underwhelming 0-0 draw at home to Wolves
“You cannot. That’s the truth at this level.
“I decided not to worry too much, to do it and be brave enough to take this adventure because I don’t want to miss the chance.
“It’s my character to believe more in the chances than the risks. For me, there’s nothing to be afraid of.”
Chelsea host Sean Dyche’s Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday at 12pm.