LONDON — Chelsea sacked manager Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday after just seven games into the season following a 1-0 Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb with Graham Potter tipped as potential replacement.
The London club said in a statement they had “parted ways” with the German, who guided them to Champions League glory in 2021 and the Club World Cup crown earlier this year.
“On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to thank Thomas and his team for all their hard work during their time at the club,” Chelsea said in a statement.
“Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea history having won the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time here.”
Stamford Bridge Club, led by new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, said they made the change at “the right time”.
Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League table after three wins, one draw and two losses in their first six games.
Tuchel is the second Premier League manager to be sacked this season – Bournemouth sacked Scott Parker last week.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are said to have made contacts on Wednesday with Brighton and Hove manager Graham Potter with the view of recruiting him as the next manager for the Blues.
Potter is considered main favourite as new coach to replace Tuchel with a meeting scheduled to discuss the project.
Mauricio Pochettino, a former Tottenham Hotspurs manager has also been proposed to Boehly as available option in the four-names list according to Fabrizio Romano.