BREAKING NEWS: Thomas Tuchel 'is SACKED by PSG'

Thomas Tuchel is SACKED by PSG, just hours after a 4-0 win, with Mauricio Pochettino ‘set to replace him’ as he picks Paris with no vacancies in Manchester or Madrid on the horizon

  • Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Paris St-Germain just days before Christmas
  • Ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is being lined up as his replacement
  • Reports in Germany claim Tuchel was sacked hours after Wednesday’s 4-0 win  

Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain and is set to be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino, according to reports in Germany.

Former Tottenham boss Pochettino is being lined up to take over from Tuchel, who was relieved of his managerial duties just hours after overseeing PSG’s 4-0 win over Racing Strasbourg on Wednesday. 

According to Sky Germany, PSG’s sporting director Leonardo sacked the 47-year-old after the club’s emphatic win at the Parc des Princes, which came four months after Tuchel led the Parisian outfit to the Champions League final.

Thomas Tuchel has reportedly been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain just days before Christmas

Ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is being lined up take over from Tuchel in charge at PSG

While PSG haven’t quite dominated Ligue 1 like in previous years, Tuchel managed to come out on top in their awkward Champions League group, which contained RB Leipzig and Manchester United.

However, Wednesday night’s game against Strasbourg proved to be Tuchel’s last, after he was told his services were no longer needed.

It was also PSG’s last game before the league’s three-week winter break, which will see them return on January 6 to face St Etienne. 

Tuchel criticised his position as PSG boss on Wednesday, where he claimed he felt like a ‘politician’ at the club. 

Tuchel oversaw PSG’s 4-0 win over Racing Strasbourg at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday

Tuchel congratulates his PSG players just hours before he was sacked as boss

Tuchel told Sport 1: ‘To be completely honest, during the first six months, I said to myself: “Am I still a manager or am I a politician in sport, a Minister for Sports?” In a club like this, it is not always just about football.’ 

Massimiliano Allegri, who has been out of work since leaving Juventus last year, is also one of the bookies’ frontrunners for the job. 

Pochettino is still without a club having parted company with Tottenham last year and is being mooted to make a return to the club where he featured as a player.

According to RMC Sport, PSG are currently in negotiations with the Argentine boss, who has always wanted to manage the club.

Pochettino has been linked with the other top managerial positions with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United all being linked with the 48-year-old in the past year. However, Pochettino has been biding his time for the perfect project.

Pochettino enjoyed a successful spell at Paris Saint-Germain and has a fondness for the city 

The report goes on to claim that Les Parisiens opened negotiations with Tuchel’s lawyers to find a settlement, with the German still having six months left on his current deal as manager.

Tuchel has endured a difficult start to his third season in charge and saw him lose ground in the title race having lost four in 11 games this season.

It left the French champions playing catch-up to Lyon and Lille, who had both lost just one game this season.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss was pleased with how his team performed before he got the sack, claiming that his side overcame several injuries to win comfortably on the night.

Tuchel said after their 4-0 win: ‘We made a lot of changes and we had a lot of injuries. I saw a great performance and everyone was focused and disciplined. It was a great win to end the year on.

PSG managed to finish top in a tough Champions League group earlier in the month

‘We played very fluidly, very quickly and simply. We stayed together both in attack and when we needed to defend. We showed a lot of quality and hard work,” he said.

‘We managed to stay patient and it was tough against a Strasbourg side that defended very deep in a 5-3-2.

‘It was tough to find moments to speed the play up. We made a few changes but we got into a rhythm really quickly and I’m delighted with the performance.’

PSG are currently third in the table and are just a point off top spot and boast the best goal difference in the league.

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