Thomas Tuchel Sacked In Unusual Move
Tuchel on Tuesday oversaw his 100th and final game in charge of the club when the Blues suffered a 1-0 Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.
The 49-year-old reportedly received the news of his immediate departure on Wednesday morning.
Talks Of Strained Relationships
According to inside sources, the relationship between Tuchel and new owner Boehly became strained after a conflicting approach to Chelsea’s transfer strategy. After the team’s poor start to the season, the relationship reportedly took a complete nosedive.
During Chelsea’s search for a new coach, members of the club’s backroom staff will reportedly take interim charge.
In a statement issued this week, the club thanked Tuchel and his staff for their work and efforts but added that the new owners believed that the time for a transition had arrived. The club also said that no further comments would be issued until such time as a new head coach has been appointed.
Off To A Great Start
Tuchel was appointed as Chelsea’s head coach in January 2021. His first victory came when he led the club to their second Champion’s League title in May that year.
Then, in February, Tuchel guided the club to the Club World Cup title with a victory over Palmeiras in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. This is a feat that had evaded Abramovich for all his 19 years as owner of the Blues.
Tuchel also led the club through a particularly difficult period when it was sold to the Boehly/Clearlake consortium.
Difficult Days Ahead
In total, Tuchel lasted 595 days in the role of head coach, only short time longer than his predecessor, Frank Lampard.
The club was recently granted permission to enter into talks with Graham Potter as a possible replacement, but some in the industry fear that he might not the right person for the job. Boehly is reportedly also interested in holding discussions with former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is currently without a job.
Insiders believe Chelsea are exceptionally keen to acquire Potter from Brighton, as they believe him to be someone closely in tune with their vision for the future of the club.
In reality, difficult times await the Blues, who last season ranked third across all key statistics in the Premier League but have since slumped to a mid-table position across all the same metrics.