Thomas Tuchel, the embattled Chelsea coach, was sacked on Wednesday morning after the club’s new owners lost faith in him.
It appears that the defeat to Dinamo Zagreb last night was the final straw, but perhaps the German boss would probably have been shown the door even if Chelsea had won their UCL opener game.
It was gathered that the new temporary manager is expected to be Anthony Barry, the 36-year-old current first-team coach. The club are likely to move fast in its bid to make a new permanent signing.
Here is Chelsea’s statement confirming the news below:
“Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with head coach Thomas Tuchel.
“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.”