By Spy Uganda
Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Chelsea’s new owners just three months after they formally completing their takeover.
Despite Tuesday night’s abysmal Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, Tuchel’s 100th game in charge, the decision will still come as a shock to many fans and rivals.
Spy Uganda understands that Tuchel was informed on Wednesday morning and Anthony Barry is likely to take temporary charge until a replacement is found – with Graham Potter set to be the early frontrunner.
While the loss in Zagreb may have underlined Chelsea’s recent slump under Tuchel, it is said that his sacking is not based purely on results or Chelsea’s poor start to the season.
Regardless of Tuesday night’s defeat, concerns had been growing that Tuchel was not the right man to lead the new era under co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, and it is believed the German’s future was in doubt win, lose or draw in Zagreb.
Boehly and Behdad Eghbali will move quickly to replace Tuchel and immediately start talking to targets following his removal. An approach to Brighton is likely to be made to speak to Potter, with Chelsea aiming for a swift process of due diligence to appoint the right man.