Chelsea Give Tuchel The Axe (updated Sept. 7th, 2022, 2.15p.m.)

Chelsea have sacked head coach Thomas Tuchel six matches into the Premier League season, writes Susie Kiernan.

Chelsea lost 1-0 in their opening Champions League group game to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night in what was Tuchel’s 100th game since joining the club in January 2021. Chelsea currently sit sixth in the Premier League with 10 points.

A club statement 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 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”.

Tuchel: P45

So arrives the first outward sign of new Stamford Bridge power broker Todd Boley flexing his muscles. Early speculation suggests the currently (ridiculously) unemployed Mauricio Pochettino and current Brighton boss Graham Potter head the list of favoured replacements.

If I was the latter, in particular, I wouldn’t touch the Chelsea job with a barge pole. It’s the biggest poisoned chalice of a job and the most overrated one in football.

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