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Thomas Tuchel has left his role as Chelsea manager (Image: AP/Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel has been sacked as Chelsea football manager after the club confirmed he had parted ways with the German following their defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in Tuesday night’s Champions League opening game.

A statement from the club read: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to express their gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time at the club. Thomas will deservedly hold a place in Chelsea history, having won the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time here.

“As the new ownership group is 100 days since taking over the club and continues their hard work to move the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time for this transition.

“Chelsea’s coaching staff will oversee the team in training and preparing for our upcoming games as the club moves quickly to appoint a new head coach.

“There will be no further comment pending the appointment of a new head coach.”

Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat in Croatia was the 49-year-old’s 100th game in charge of the Blues, but the poor performance meant it was his last.

Chelsea have lost two of their first six Premier League games of the season, suffering surprise defeats to Southampton and Leeds United while drawing at home to Tottenham.

After Tuchel’s last game in charge, he said: “I’m mad at myself, I’m mad at the performance.

“It’s not precise enough, it’s not clinical enough, it’s not aggressive enough. It’s not determined enough. It’s not enough individually, it’s not enough as a team and that’s why we lose this game today.”

Tuchel took charge at Stamford Bridge in January 2021 and led the Blues to Champions League glory in the same season.

Last season Chelsea reached the finals of the FA Cup and EFL Cup but lost both to Liverpool.

Manchester City v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Final

Tuchel won the Champions League in his first six months as Chelsea manager (Image: Getty Images)

The German’s sacking comes three months after the consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital took over Chelsea and bought the club from Roman Abramovich.

The Telegraph reports that the results weren’t the only concern for the new owners as Tuchel was uneasy with the extra responsibilities he was handed in the transfer market and unhappy that former technical and performance adviser Petr Cech was leaving in the summer had gone.

Among the first candidates to succeed the former Borussia Dortmund manager are Brighton boss Graham Potter, believed to be the first choice, Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane.

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Graham Potter is an early favorite to replace Tuchel (Picture: Getty Images)

Both Pochettino and Zidane are currently unemployed, with the former most recently in charge of Paris Saint-Germain and the latter of Real Madrid.

Next up for the Blues is a trip to Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday, followed by more Champions League action when they host RB Salzburg on Wednesday 14 September.

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