Chelsea’s new owners have sacked head coach Thomas Tuchel just three months after taking over the club.
Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb was Chelsea’s 100th and final game, and sources told ESPN the 49-year-old Tuchel was informed of the decision on Wednesday morning.
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A consortium led by LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Bohli and Clearlake Capital bought the club from Roman Abramovich at the end of May and has overseen Chelsea’s £250m-plus spending on nine players.
However, ESPN reported that the relationship between Boehly and Tuchel caused problems in the club’s transfer strategy, while concerns over the team’s poor start prompted the franchise to act.
Members of the club’s backroom staff will take over in the interim, possibly for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Fulham, as the search for Tuchel’s replacement begins.
A club report was read: “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 his time with the club. Thomas will take his rightful place in Chelsea’s history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and the Club World Cup during his time here.
“With the new ownership team having reached 100 days since taking over the club and continuing its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe the time is right to make this change.
“As the club moves quickly to appoint a new head coach, Chelsea’s coaching staff will be responsible for training the squad and preparing for our upcoming matches.
“There is no comment until a new head coach is appointed.”
Tuchel was appointed as Frank Lampard’s successor in January 2021 and led Chelsea to a second Champions League crown in May of that year.
In February, he guided Chelsea to the only trophy to elude Abramovich during his 19-year Club World Cup run with a win over Palmeiras in Abu Dhabi.
However, Tuchel came under severe pressure as the club’s public face as Abramovich was forced to sell Chelsea after the UK government imposed sanctions over his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Duchel led the club through a difficult period on the pitch as the Boehly/Clearlake consortium negotiated a purchase of the club.
However, differences emerged over the club’s transfer strategy and sources said Bohli was concerned that Tuchel’s messages were not getting through to the players, many of whom were frustrated by his approach.
Tuesday’s defeat in Zagreb was their third straight defeat, the first time under Tuchel, while the club sit sixth in the Premier League, having won three of their opening six matches.
Speaking after the loss in Zagreb, Tuchel said: “Of course I’m frustrated; there’s a lot to analyse, I’m part of it, we’re clearly not where we need to be. Everything’s missing at the moment.”