PARIS: French champions Paris St Germain announced Tuesday’s sacking of coach Thomas Tuchel, clearing the way for Mauricio Pochettino’s anticipated hiring.
After days of speculation that the German will be replaced by Pochettino, the former Tottenham Hotspur coach, the announcement of Tuchel’s firing came just four months after he led PSG to the Champions League final. Nevertheless, PSG did not immediately announce a new deal.
“Paris Saint-Germain decided to terminate Thomas Tuchel’s contract after an in-depth analysis of its sports situation,” the French giants announced in a tweet.
Following a 4-0 victory over Racing Strasbourg with the team remaining third in the Ligue 1 standings, German Tuchel was dismissed on Christmas eve.
Out of 17 games, PSG has 35 goals, one point behind Olympique Lyonnais and Lille League leaders, and they are up to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they face Barcelona, the Spanish team.
“For everything they brought to the club, I would like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his staff,” PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi said.
After PSG beat Strasbourg on Wednesday, Tuchel was asked by German broadcaster SPORT1 after the game about remarks he made.
Tuchel, 47, allegedly believed that the management of PSG was more akin to becoming a politician or a minister of sports, such was the level of challenge, and that he did not earn adequate attention to guide the club to the first final of the Champions League.
If Pochettino were to take over, his opening match in charge will be the January 6 trip to St Etienne to restart Ligue 1 after the winter break.