Paris Saint-Germain have parted ways with Thomas Tuchel barely 6 months after leading them to a Champions League final. The German took over the Ligue 1 side in June 2018, winning two league tittles, the Coupe de France and the Coupe the la Ligue. Notably the domestic treble in 2019/20 season.
PSG are currently third in Ligue 1 with one point behind leaders Lyon, while also winning the champions league “group of death” that consisted fellow last season Champions League semi-finalist, Leipzig and Manchester United. They are drawn to face Barcelona in the last 16 knockout round.
Tuchel’s sacking came as a shock hours after a thrilling 4-0 home win against Strasbourg on Wednesday. The victory which took PSG third and a point behind first placed Lyon, however there have been reports that the sacking is due to the controversial statement from an interview Tuchel granted in his native language, quoted as saying he felt more like “a sports politician or sports minister than a coach” during his first season in the French capital.
The German has barely six months left on his contract after taking over on an initial two year contract replacing Unai Emery, however he signed a one year extension in May 2019.
Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with PSG over the last months, it has intensified in the last couple of hours. The 48 year-old Argentine, who played for the French side between 2001 and 2003, has been out of job since being replaced with Jose Mourinho by Tottenham in November 2019.