Thomas Tuchel learned of his Chelsea sacking during a brutal 10-minute phone call with Todd Boehly on Wednesday morning, according to reports. The German’s shock departure was confirmed by the club following the Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League group stage opener, bringing an end to his 21-month reign.
Tuchel was summoned to the club’s training complex in Cobham for a meeting with the American billionaire just hours after their disappointing defeat in Croatia. However, neither Boehly nor fellow co-owner Behdad Eghbali were present, with the German tactician turning up alone to meet with them via a conference call.
The Sun report it was there where Tuchel was told he would be relieved of his duties and he pleaded for more time to turn the situation around. But it is understood Boehly and Eghbali, along with other members of the board, had already made up their minds and Tuchel’s heartbreaking plea fell on deaf ears.
The report claims that the news left Tuchel feeling ‘totally shocked’, as he had anticipated holding a normal meeting with the senior management before going through a tactical debrief with his staff. He was preparing to give his players a ‘dressing down’ following their woeful display the night before, having insisted his squad would not get a day off.
The timing of Tuchel’s sacking has left pundits and fans confused after the club oversaw a record expenditure of £273m this summer, with Tuchel favourite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arriving on deadline day.
It is understood that disagreements related to signings and departures, along with Tuchel’s lack of involvement in dealings, led to some issues between himself and Boehly.
Tuchel, who boasted a win rate of 62% from his 100 matches in charge, also claimed three trophies during his time with the west London club, with their Champions League triumph in 2020-21 his biggest achievement.
The 49-year-old also guided the Blues to winning the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup last season.
Chelsea reached three domestic cup finals during his tenure but lost on all three occasions, with agonising penalty shootout defeats to Liverpool in both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup last season and an FA Cup final loss to Leicester in 2020-21.
Chelsea have received permission from Brighton to speak to coach Graham Potter about taking the vacant role of head coach, while former Tottenham and PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is also in the frame.