Chelsea sack Thomas Tuchel as manager after poor start to season 2022
Only three months after completing their purchase of Chelsea, the club’s new owners have fired the club’s head coach, Thomas Tuchel. The 1-0 Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday marked Tuchel’s 100th and last game in charge of Chelsea. ESPN was informed by sources that Tuchel, 49, received the news on Wednesday morning.
Graham Potter of Brighton, Mauricio Pochettino, a former manager of Tottenham Hotspur, and Zinedine Zidane, a former manager of Real Madrid, are the top candidates on Chelsea’s shortlist to succeed Tuchel, sources said ESPN.
Roman Abramovich sold the team to a group formed by Todd Boehly, a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Clearlake Capital at the end of May. Under their leadership, Chelsea’s record-breaking single window spending of more than £250 million was spent on nine players.
However, sources told ESPN that Boehly and Tuchel’s relationship deteriorated due to the team’s transfer policy, and that ownership was forced to take action due to concerns about the team’s poor season debut.
As the search for Tuchel’s replacement begins, members of the club’s backroom staff will assume temporary control, maybe also for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Fulham.