Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Chelsea following their 1-0 Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb.
New owner Todd Boehly wasted no time in ruling out the German coach just seven games into the season and 100 days into his reign since taking over from Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League and have made a miserable start to their Champions League campaign, with Tuchel eliminated hours after their humble 1-0 defeat in Croatia, his 100th match in charge.
sports mail revealed that Tuchel is being paid £13m as a severance package, with a further £2m going to his backroom staff.
Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Chelsea after a disappointing start to the campaign
New controlling owner Todd Boehly (right) has waited just 100 days before changing managers
In a statement, Chelsea wrote: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the Club wishes to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during his time with the Club.”
“Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea history after winning the Champions League, 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 they continue their hard work to move the club forward, the new owners believe the time is right to make this transition.”
sports mail understands that Chelsea have been given permission to speak to Brighton boss Graham Potter, their number one target, while Mauricio Pochettino, out of work, is also under consideration.
Chelsea added that they will move “quickly” to appoint a new manager and that Tuchel’s coaching staff will take over the team in the interim.
Graham Potter (left) and Mauricio Pochettino (right) are the first candidates to fill the position.
Tuchel cut a heartbroken figure as Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
The Telegraph reports that Tuchel’s relationship with certain players had “deteriorated”, leading to the decision to send him off. Anthony Barry is in line to be the main figure until a new boss arrives.
Boehly and fellow co-owner Behdad Eghbali were seen at the Stadion Maksimir to watch the defeat in Zagreb.
Tuchel leaves after guiding Chelsea to glory in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2021 to replace Frank Lampard and started winning the Champions League in six months.
Last season, Chelsea reached the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals, only to lose to Liverpool both times. They also finished third in the Premier League.
In their first 50 games they only conceded 24 goals and Tuchel was praised for the impact he made.
In a bid to close the gap with champions Manchester City and Liverpool, Chelsea’s new owners invested heavily in the summer – record spending in a window for a Premier League club of more than £260m.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) spoke about the influence Tuchel had on joining Chelsea
Wesley Fofana arrived from Leicester, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived from Barcelona, while Raheem Sterling was Manchester City’s first signing.
Aubameyang, in particular, was outspoken about the importance of Tuchel in his decision to join Chelsea, having previously worked with him at Borussia Dortmund.
‘It will be an honor and a joy again [to play with Tuchel]”We had a good time together in Dortmund, so I’m very happy to play for him again,” the striker said just a week ago.
“We will achieve great things, I am sure and I will try to help the team.”
Anthony Barry (far left) is expected to take charge of the first team until a new boss arrives.
But Chelsea are off to a shaky start ahead of Saturday’s game against Fulham, having lost three times this season, all away from home at Southampton, Leeds and on Tuesday at Zagreb.
In their last 50 games they have conceded 53 goals, a sign of the defensive breakdown that is hampering their trophy prospects.
Tuchel’s firing took some by surprise given that he publicly stated that negotiations were underway for a contract extension last month.
“There are conversations,” he said.
“But I think given the situation that we’re coming from and where we are in the middle of the transfer period, I think it’s best if I focus on my team, on sports and being competitive.”
‘My people talk to the owners and take care of everything else. You know how happy I am to be here and how much I like it. So it’s a good thing.
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I’m mad at myself and I’m mad at our performance. I’m mad at myself because I didn’t see this coming.
“Obviously I was in the wrong movie.
‘I thought the last game helped us. I thought we showed a reaction in a very difficult moment against West Ham, we got the reaction, we got the result in moments where you need a bit of luck in the situation we were in.
‘We had good training sessions, I thought the team was ready, I thought we knew what this was all about. I didn’t see it coming, that’s why I’m mad at myself.
‘There is too much to analyze, I am part of it. We’re clearly not where we need to be and where we can be, so it’s up to me, it’s up to us.
‘Right now everything is missing.
‘This is a huge underperformance from all of us. It’s not precise enough, not clinical enough, not aggressive enough.
‘He’s not determined enough and not enough as a team and that’s why we lost.
‘It is up to me to find the solution and find the reason.
‘Obviously [players] they are underperforming individually and I really don’t know where this performance is coming from.
‘Lack of determination, lack of hunger and lack of intensity to do the things we need to do at the highest level.
“Clearly we are not where we want to be. We expected what we got. It was the same story of the last few games: we started well for 15-20 minutes, but then we lacked determination, precision and maybe even the smell of blood.
‘We have to be much better. We’re not done, we’re not happy with our results, we’re not happy with the way we played in general, but I thought we were on a good path. I am surprised by this performance.