Chelsea Football Club Depart from their manager
Chelsea have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel on the new owners' 100th day in charge after their third defeat of the season.
Chelsea Football Club sack their Manager Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel on the new owners’ 100th day in charge after their third defeat of the season.
The former Borussia Dortmund and Paris St-Germain boss exits after winning three trophies in 20 months.
Owner Todd Boehly has placed Tuchel’s coaching staff in temporary charge until a replacement is found.
A club statement said the owners believed it was “the right time” to bring in a new head coach.
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BBC Sport understands the decision would have been taken regardless of the 1-0 defeat in Chelsea’s Champions League opener at Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night.
It is also understood that Chelsea will make a swift appointment and among the bookmakers’ favourites to take over are Brighton manager Graham Potter, former Spurs and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and current Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League after three wins, one draw and two defeats.
Their new ownership oversaw a £255.3m spending spree in the summer window, thought to be a British record, bringing in eight new players.
But despite the outlay, the club’s form had been patchy and Tuchel was critical of his players on occasion, as well as being fined twice for his behaviour already this season.
“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.
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.
Chelsea’s coaching staff will take charge of the team for training and the preparation of our upcoming matches as the Club moves swiftly to appoint a new head coach.
There will be no further comment until a new head coach appointment is made.”