Graeme Souness has told Chelsea they will regret sacking Champions League winner Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel lost his job as Blues boss last week and the club’s new owners said they believe it is “the right time” to hire a new head coach.
Former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager Tuchel, who succeeded Frank Lampard in January 2021, led Chelsea to three major trophies and three domestic finals.
But the Blues had won just three of their first six league games of the season and suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat by Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League opener.
The day after Tuchel’s sacking, Chelsea confirmed the appointment of ex-Brighton boss Graham Potter to a five-year deal.
Discussing Tuchel’s departure from Stamford Bridge, Souness told talkSPORT: “I liked him. When a new owner comes in, you as a manager are vulnerable. He will have his own ideas.
“With the new group coming in, the lack of football history meant they were on dangerous ground.
“Petr Cech goes, Bruce Buck goes and Marina Granovskaia goes, I think that didn’t bode well for the Chelsea supporters.
“For better or for worse, you spent a lot of money, and that’s it [former manager] Bob Paisley used to tell us when people weren’t quite sure.
“You got rid of the wrong guy. I would have kept him. I don’t think the stories coming out of Chelsea even remotely represent the whole picture.
“I think the PR at Chelsea did a lot to put the new owners in a good light.
“I don’t feel sorry for Tuchel because at the end of the day he’s a big boy and he’s got a job at a big football club. The pressure is great from day one.
“But I think Chelsea will regret that decision.”
Tuchel, meanwhile, said Chelsea will “always have a special place in my heart” following his departure from the west London club.
“It’s one of the most difficult statements I’ve ever had to write – and I hoped I wouldn’t have to make it for many years,” said Tuchel.
“This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you to all the staff, players and supporters who made me feel very welcome from the start.
“The pride and joy I felt in helping the team win the Champions League and Club World Cup will always be remembered.
“I’m honored to have been a part of the club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Chelsea meet Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night but will not be in action this weekend after their Premier League clash with Liverpool was postponed ahead of the Queen’s funeral the next day.
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