Chelsea sack Thomas Tuchel following Champions League defeat and poor Premier League start… after splashing out £270million on transfers this summer

    Chelsea have sacked Thomas Tuchel after the club lost 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

    The Blues have started the season poorly in the Premier League too, losing to Leeds and Southampton.

    Tuchel’s team have struggled and now he has paid the price

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    Tuchel’s team have struggled and now he has paid the price

    They have won three games this season but those were laboured performances against Everton, Leicester, and West Ham, that could easily have offered worse results.

    A statement on the club website 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. 

    “Chelsea’s coaching staff will take charge of the team for training and the preparation of our upcoming matches as the Club moves swiftly to appoint a new head coach. 

    “There will be no further comment until a new head coach appointment is made.”

    Giving their immediate reaction on talkSPORT, Simon Jordan and Danny Murphy were intrigued by the swift decision.

    Tuchel’s leaves the side in sixth in the Premier League table on 10 points – five behind leaders Arsenal

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    Tuchel’s leaves the side in sixth in the Premier League table on 10 points – five behind leaders Arsenal

    Jordan said: “They’ve obviously got someone lined up. It doesn’t feel like a footballing decision.

    “They haven’t been great, but Tuchel has enough currency in footballing terms to be given an opportunity to correct this slight malaise.

    “This game in the Champions League is incidental – they will qualify from their group. Something else is afoot here.

    “There is something more to this. It isn’t just a ruthless owner cutting through what he considers to be the football landscape.”

    Murphy added: “I’m really surprised. I think it’s too early. It’s a knee-jerk reaction to a game last night that they dominated and would have won nine out of ten.

    Boehly has splashed the cash on transfers but has reacted quickly to sack his manager

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    Boehly has splashed the cash on transfers but has reacted quickly to sack his manager

    “I think this result is a huge factor in them pushing the button – I don’t think it is the only factor – but it is a factor and that is the naivety of this owner [Todd Boehly]. He doesn’t understand football.

    “I’m not sure we would be having this conversation if they won 4-0 last night. I think sometimes a bad result – especially somebody doesn’t understand football – can be sensationalised in their head.”

    It’s not the first time a loss to Dinamo Zagreb has proved costly to a Premier League boss.

    In 2021 Tottenham were beaten 3-0 by the Croatians in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 clash, eliminating them 3-2 on aggregate.

    This saw Jose Mourinho sacked just days before Spurs faced Man City in the Carabao Cup final.

    You can listen to Fulham vs Chelsea is live on talkSPORT on Saturday, 12:30pm

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