Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Chelsea just weeks into the new season.
In just 20 months and 100 games, the German has certainly made his mark, winning the Champions League and Club World Cup, but a recent slump in form and reported disputes with players and ownership have led to his shock sacking.
As with any leadership change, certain members of the squad will benefit, but others will struggle as tactics, training and transfer policies are turned upside down.
With that in mind, Metro Sport takes a look at the biggest winners and losers from Chelsea’s sacking of Tuchel…
Winner: The Fighting Forwards
Perhaps Tuchel’s greatest weakness at Chelsea was his inability to make the most of Chelsea’s many talented forward options.
Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic were the most notable fighters, scoring just 21 goals combined in 81 Premier League games.
Kai Havertz has also failed to reach the lofty heights that were expected of him, save for a few special moments, but perhaps the trio can reclaim the magic under a new manager.
And should the new coach suit his style of play, record-breaking new signing Romelu Lukaku could (finally) return triumphantly at the end of his loan at Inter Milan.
Losers: The aging defenders
Tuchel fielded Chelsea almost exclusively in a 3-4-3 formation, which not only brought out the best in attacking full-backs like Ben Chilwell and Reece James, but also lengthened the careers of older centre-backs, namely 37-year-old Thiago Silva and the 33-year-old captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
However, should new management decide to return to a back four, the pair’s lack of pace will be exploited, as will new signing Kalidou Koulibaly, 31.
The addition of 21-year-old Wesley Fofana has softened that blow somewhat, but still, any transition will take time.
Winner: Conor Gallagher
Given that he only started two games under Tuchel, it’s impossible to say whether Conor Gallagher would have been successful under the German, but early signs weren’t good.
A terrible performance in the 3-0 defeat at Leeds followed by a red card against Leicester had many questioning the 22-year-old’s abilities, despite a fantastic loan spell at Crystal Palace last season.
However, Gallagher has not played a position as a defensive midfielder in a double pivot and not the No. 8 role in which he thrived at Selhurst Park.
A new manager and new formation could suit the England international perfectly, especially with the World Cup just around the corner.
Loser: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
“I’m really happy to be able to play for him again,” said Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he signed for Chelsea and reunited with Tuchel, his former Dortmund boss.
That reunion would only last 59 minutes as the former Arsenal and Barcelona forward struggled in his Blues debut against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night.
Aubameyang had scored 79 goals in just two seasons under Tuchel in Germany and his move to Chelsea was largely based on that special relationship.
It’s unclear what lies ahead for the 33-year-old but one thing is certain – Arsenal fans are loving it.
Winner: Marc Cucurella
Over the summer, Chelsea splashed out £62m on Brighton defender Marc Cucurella and he hopes to still be in Graham Potter’s good books.
That’s because Seagulls boss Potter is currently in talks with Todd Boehly to take the reins at Stamford Bridge.
With Chilwell in strong competition for the left-back spot, it can only bode well for the Spaniard if Potter arrives.
Loser: Todd Boehly
He may not be a Chelsea player but Todd Boehly has not come out of this debacle well at all.
After taking over the club from Roman Abramovich, the American vowed to run the Blues differently, abandoning the cutthroat revolving door policy on managers.
That lasted less than 100 days despite backing Tuchel with over £253million in summer signings.
Boehly appears determined to completely reshuffle the Bridge’s backroom staff, with club director Marina Granovskaia and technical director Petr Cech joining early in his tenure.
Time will tell if this is all genius or madness, but it certainly didn’t please fans and gave its critics even more ammunition.
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