Chelsea have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel after disappointing start to the Premier League season and a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League opener.
The Blues have endured a slow start to the Premier League season and saw their Champions League campaign get off to a nightmare start in Croatia on Tuesday night.
New owner Todd Boehly has now acted fast to remove Tuchel from his position after a hectic summer of spending at Stamford Bridge.
A club statement read: “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.”
Tuchel took charge of 100 games for Chelsea having taken over from club legend Frank Lampard in January 2021.
He guided the club to Champions League glory with a 1-0 win over Manchester City just a few months later.
In August, he was in talks over extending his contract, which was due to expire in 2024.
But tensions started to mount in recent weeks as he adjusted to Todd Boehly’s new regime after he purchased the club from Roman Abramovich. He has now left the club just seven games into the new season having stuttered to three wins, one draw and two defeats in their opening six Premier League fixtures.
His exit gives new owner Boehly the green light to bring in his own man having inherited Tuchel as manager. He has already splashed the cash during a record-breaking summer spending spree bringing in several new players.
Tuchel cut a desolate figure after what proved to be his final game in charge and pointed the blame at himself. Speaking on BT Sport after the match, Tuchel said: “Well, it’s an underperformance from us.
“Same story as always. OK start, we don’t finish our half chances to put the game to bed. Then we concede one counter-attack, which is too easy. Then yeah, we lose the match.
“Too much to analyse. I’m part of it. We are clearly not where we need to be. It’s on me, on us, we need to find solutions. At the moment everything is missing. It seems like this, it’s hard to argue against it.”
Speaking ahead of the game, he outlined his pride at reaching 100 games in charge of Chelsea and his desire to continue long into the future. He said: “It’s nice. 100 is very nice.
“I hope there will be another hundred, then another hundred coming. I have to earn my way through it, but I’m very proud and very happy to have 100.”
He also added: “I’m never aware of it (the milestones). The wish is clear, I want the win, nothing else.”