Chelsea have sacked head coach Thomas Tuchel after losing their opening Champions League fixture against Dinamo Zagreb.
In a statement on the official website, the club commented: “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.”
In the Premier League so far, the Blues have won three of their six matches, but were held to a home draw by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and suffered humbling defeats to Leeds United and Southampton on the road.
A comeback victory over West Ham United at the weekend appeared to take some of the pressure off Tuchel, but a disastrous start to the club’s Champions League campaign on Tuesday night changed matters drastically.
Mislav Oršić’s first-half goal condemned the Blues to a 1-0 defeat against Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, with new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failing to make any impact on his debut.
The early odds suggest that Graham Potter of Brighton & Hove Albion is the favourite. He has been winning plenty of plaudits for the style with which his Seagulls outfit has started the season and he’s odds-on at 8/13 with Sky Bet at the time of writing.
Former Spurs man Mauricio Pochettino is next in the running at 9/4 – could he be tempted to follow Tuchel’s path from PSG to Stamford Bridge having left the Ligue 1 giants at the end of last season?
Brendan Rodgers, who has worked as a coach previously at Stamford Bridge, is available at 18/1 as he looks likely to leave Leicester City in the coming weeks while the likes of Zinedine Zidane (9/2) and Diego Simeone (20/1) are also in the market.
But what next for Thomas Tuchel? Well, with RB Leipzig also choosing to sack their head coach Domenico Tedesco following a 1-4 home defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on Champions League Matchday One, could the former Borussia Dortmund man be tempted back to the Bundesliga to take over at the Red Bull Arena?
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