Thomas Tuchel was reported “completely stunned” after being fired as Chelsea manager after a tough 10-minute phone chat in which he appealed for a second opportunity.
The German coach was fired on Wednesday morning, following Chelsea’s third consecutive away defeat, this time at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb in their first Champions League Group E match.
Tuchel appeared to be at a loss for words as he watched a dismal Blues performance in Croatia on Tuesday night before conceding “everything is missing” from the club at the moment, pointing the finger firmly in his own direction.
According to The Sun, Tuchel arrived at Chelsea’s Cobham training base on Wednesday to give his squad a pep talk following their Champions League performance.
When he arrived, however, there was no one to welcome him, and he was instead summoned to a conference call with the Chelsea administration.
Tuchel’s most recent phone contact lasted 10 minutes, during which he begged not to be fired and to be given another chance to turn things around.
His pleadings were ignored, as new owner Todd Boehly wielded the hatchet and relieved the German of his duties.
Tuchel was said to be “very stunned” by the decision before gathering his bags, saying his goodbyes, and leaving the property.
Chelsea then issued the statement below on their official website.
“On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, I’d want to express my appreciation to Thomas and his team for all of their efforts during their time with the club.
“Thomas has earned a place in Chelsea history after winning the Champions League, Super Cup, and Club World Cup during his stint at the club.
“As the new ownership group approaches 100 days since taking over the Club and continues to work hard to move the club forward, the new owners believe the time has come to make this shift.
“Chelsea’s coaching staff will assume leadership of the team for training and match preparations while the Club searches for a new head coach.
“No more statement will be made until a new head coach is appointed.”
Brighton manager Graham Potter is the current choice to succeed Tuchel in the Chelsea hot seat, and his club has given him permission to speak to the Blues.