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Thierry Henry explains why Chelsea sacking Thomas Tuchel made no sense | Football

Thierry Henry stunned by Thomas Tuchel’s sacking (Picture: Getty/CBS Sports)

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says that while he wasn’t surprised Chelsea sacked Thomas Tuchel, he was baffled at the timing.

Tuchel’s dismissal came on Wednesday morning after a poor start to the season, with Tuesday night’s embarrassing defeat by Dinamo Zagreb being the final nail in the coffin.

It has since been reported that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly may have been planning the sacking for a number of weeks, with his relationship with Tuchel, and indeed Tuchel’s relationship with the players, growing increasingly strained.

Still, Henry admitted he was stunned by the decision for a reason.

“I wasn’t really surprised considering how the game is at the moment,” the legendary France forward told CBS Sports.

“What surprised me was why do you allow him to bring in all these players and sack him afterwards?

“I wasn’t surprised that he was sacked because you can’t sack the whole team, sometimes the coach has to go.

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Todd Boehly sacked Tuchel on his 100th day as Chelsea owner (Picture: Getty)

“But you allowed him to bring in new people and then you fire him. That’s the weird thing for me.”

In his first summer as Chelsea manager, Boehly invested over £253m in the likes of Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

It’s unclear how many of those players were signed at Tuchel’s request, as the German preferred the role of head coach to manager and generally didn’t get too involved in the club’s transfer policy.

The possible exception is Aubameyang, who found success under Tuchel at Dortmund but their reunion would only last 59 minutes as the striker made his debut in the Zagreb defeat.

Chelsea have not started the season well at all, having lost two of their first six Premier League games and looking far from convincing in the victories they have recorded.

As for Tuchel’s replacement, Brighton boss Graham is the runaway favorite who has already held talks with Boehly but is unlikely to take the reins at Stamford Bridge ahead of the Blues’ next game at local rivals Fulham on Saturday.

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