Chelsea have sacked head coach Thomas Tuchel for six games ahead of the Premier League season.
Chelsea are expected to approach Brighton later on Wednesday to obtain clearance to speak to Graham Potter, and are also keen to speak to Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane who are away from work.
Todd Boehly fired Tuchel just three months after completing the club’s takeover. Boley will continue to act as sporting director this summer, succeeding director Marina Granovskaya, chairman Bruce Buck and technical and performance advisor Petr Čech in a complete overhaul under Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea have invested a Premier League record £273m to revamp Tuchel’s squad this summer, signing Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucarrera and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.However sky sports news We understand that Chelsea have been considering this decision for some time and it is not a reflexive reaction to Tuesday’s Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb.
The new owner has been concerned for some time and has been considering other options. Now they want a long-term appointment to move Chelsea forward.
Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League with 10 points.
A club statement read: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to thank Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time at the club. Winning the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup.
“It has been 100 days since the new owner group took over the club and as they continue to work hard to move the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition.
“Chelsea’s coaching staff will be responsible for training and preparing the team for the upcoming games as the club moves quickly to appoint a new head coach.”
Tuchel said he was angry with himself for the “massive underperformance” in the defeat at Dinamo Zagreb (the 100th and final game), and now his side is hungry and determined. suggested that it was missing.
Analysis: the problem represented by the loss of Zagreb
Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:
“It’s the same story, as usual,” Thomas Tuchel shrugged. Chelsea decision makers clearly agreed.
Tuchel said shortly after Tuesday’s embarrassing defeat against Dinamo Zagreb, who have won just two of their last 33 Champions League matches. was how it was done.
Tuchel lamented how Chelsea’s defense was ‘soft’ after the 2-1 defeat to Southampton, and we’ve seen it again in Croatia. “I told them to play tougher,” he said of the halftime team talk. I didn’t receive your message.
Such poor defensive performance was not tolerated for long. In the end, the club invested him £172m for Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucarrera.
But Chelsea’s shortcomings on the other side of the pitch probably paid an even greater price for Tuchel. Still, Tuesday’s match showed that the problems that have plagued them for so long – a lack of understanding and ruthlessness – became more pronounced.
At some point it has to give back to the players as well as the coach. Tuchel has achieved a lot at Chelsea. Champions League glory at Porto ensures his legacy will be a positive one. However, he had a problem that seemed unsolvable. He’s the new owner, but the same ruthless Chelsea.
Analysis: Tuchel pays the price
Sky Sports Adam Smith:
The Blues put the pressure on Tuchel from the start with a record-breaking £278.4m dump for a number of new players in the summer transfer window.
Additionally, Raheem Sterling was the only addition to the Premier League to prove a proven and maintained pedigree was put into question. Sterling costs less than prospects Wesley his Fofana and Mark his Cucurella.
A convincing performance against Tottenham last month secured three points, but a flashpoint occurred between Tuchel and Antonio Conte, with both sides playing out a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge and the Germans later received a touchline ban for his antics.
After a 3-0 loss to Leeds, Jesse Marsh’s team thrashed their opponents before a shock defeat at Southampton a week later.
The Blues ranked third in all major Premier League stats last season, but this season they average middling in exactly the same metric.
The result in Zagreb was the final blow for Tuchel, who had a disastrous start to the European big stage with the team, and most notably, new signings and substitutes.