Thomas Tuchel pleaded the opportunity to film Chelsea’s season with a quick 10-minute phone call that ended with his sacking.
New owner Todd Boehly made the biggest decision of his tenure so far on Wednesday morning, sacking the 49-year-old less than 24 hours after last night’s dismal Champions League defeat by Dinamo Zagreb.
According to The Sun, Tuchel reported to work at Chelsea’s Cobham training base early this morning but no one was there to greet him.
The former PSG and Borussia Dortmund manager was quickly ushered into a conference call with the Chelsea hierarchy, after which he remained “shocked” after asking for time to push an improvement in team form.
Tuchel oversaw a club-record spending spree of £280m but the huge spend hasn’t translated into instant results, with losses to Leeds and Southampton leaving Chelsea catching up in the Premier League race.
The German’s backroom team will remain in place ahead of this weekend’s west London derby against Fulham, while Tuchel is set to pocket a staggering £13million payout.
Boehly, meanwhile, has already started the hunt for Tuchel’s successor, with Brighton’s Graham Potter the current front-runner.
Undeterred by the 47-year-old’s £16million buyout clause, the Blues have already been given permission to start talks.
Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane are also under consideration.
Despite the impressive job he has done in establishing the Seagulls as an established Premier League side, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Pochettino would be a better choice.
He told Sky Sports: “There is no doubt that he is one of England’s best managers because there aren’t too many English managers in the Premier League.
“If you look at the job Graham Potter is doing right now, you think Pochettino is unemployed and maybe easier to get into the club.
“If you were to ask me if I was a Chelsea supporter that I would love to run my club, I would choose Pochettino.”
Carragher has warned Potter that he may be promised an extended stay at Stamford Bridge to build a project, but history shows he should be careful with those words.
“It’s a very ruthless club and I’m not sure he’s the right one – maybe Chelsea are saying they want to do things differently going forward by having a manager in charge instead of a manager, or they’re doing things behind them Different sets,’ said Potter.
“But if I were Graham Potter, I would find it very difficult to believe that they will do things differently.
They just got rid of a manager six games into the season. Of course it’s a big step up in his managerial career and Chelsea are still one of the top clubs.
“They’re still world champions at the moment but they worry for Graham Potter he’ll be in the same boat as every other Chelsea manager for the last 10 years, if he doesn’t get results straight away they’ll get another new manager in 12 months.’