Chelsea sack Thomas Tuchel as manager after poor start to season

Chelsea's new owners have sacked head coach Thomas Tuchel just three months after completing their takeover of the club.

Tuchel's 100th and final game in charge of Chelsea was Tuesday's 1-0 Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.

Sources told ESPN that Tuchel, 49, was informed of the decision Wednesday morning.

Brighton's Graham Potter, former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane are top of Chelsea's shortlist to replace Tuchel, sources told ESPN.

A consortium led by L.A. Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital acquired the club from Roman Abramovich

at the end of May and oversaw a record spend in a single window for Chelsea of more than £250 million on nine players.

However, sources told ESPN that relations between Boehly and Tuchel became strained over the club's transfer strategy, while further concerns over the team's substandard start to the season prompted ownership to act.

Members of the club's backroom staff will take interim charge, possibly also for Saturday's Premier League trip to Fulham, as the search begins for Tuchel's replacement.

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