Three months after their formal takeover was finalized, Chelsea’s new owners fired Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel’s 100th game in charge ended in a dismal Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night, but many supporters and rivals will still be shocked by the decision.
According to Telegraph Sport, Tuchel was informed on Wednesday morning, and until a replacement is identified, Anthony Barry would likely assume interim leadership. Graham Potter is expected to be the early front-runner.
While the defeat in Zagreb may have highlighted Chelsea’s recent slide under Tuchel, Telegraph Sport is aware that his dismissal was not solely motivated by the team’s dismal start to the season or the results.
Regardless of the loss on Tuesday night, there had been mounting doubts about Tuchel’s ability to guide the club into the future under co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. It is thought that this uncertainty existed whether the German team won or lost in Zagreb.
After Tuchel is replaced, Boehly and Behdad Eghbali will move rapidly to begin speaking with targets.
In an effort to expedite the process of conducting due diligence to select the best candidate, Chelsea has made contact with Brighton in order to meet with Potter.
Chelsea may attempt to speak with vacant managers Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane in addition to Potter.
Roger Schmidt, the manager of Benfica, might potentially be considered.