English football giant Chelsea, on Wednesday, announced that they had parted ways with manager Thomas Tuchel following their champions league defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
The club’s new ownership under Todd Boehly felt it was the right time to make the transition.
“As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition,” the club’s statement reads.
“On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the club. Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea’s history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup, and Club World Cup in his time here,” the statement added.
Until Chelsea finds a replacement, owner Todd Boehly has appointed Tuchel’s coaching staff as interim management.
It is also believed that Chelsea would swiftly appoint a replacement, with Brighton manager Graham Potter, former Spurs, and PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino as potential replacements. Others on the list are former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and current Leicester manager, Brendan Rodgers.
The London club started the season performing below expectations despite the new ownership overseeing a £255.3m spending spree in the transfer window this summer with eight new players added to the team. The club currently sits sixth in the Premier league table after three wins, a draw, and two disappointing losses at Leeds United and Southampton, conceding nine goals in total in those games.
Tuchel is alleged to have lost the team’s and the board’s trust recently and that the decision to fire him was made before Tuesday’s unexpected loss away to Dinamo Zagreb.
The former Borussia Dortmund and Paris St-Germain boss led Chelsea to their second Champions League title just four months after taking over from Frank Lampard in January 2021 without any addition to his squad.
During the 2021/2022 season, he added the FIFA Club World Cup – the first ever won by the club – and the Uefa Super Cup. He also reached the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals this year, losing both on penalties to Liverpool.