Wesley Fofana is the first Chelsea player to post about Thomas Tuchel’s dramatic sacking
Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Raheem Sterling all pay tribute to sacked Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel on social media – but other first-team stars who lost faith in the German remain silent
Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Raheem Sterling have all broke their silence after after Chelsea’s sacking of Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday.
New owner Todd Boehly has wasted no time in dismissing the German coach just seven games into the season, and 100 days into his reign since replacing Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League and have made a miserable start to their Champions League campaign, with Tuchel disposed hours after their humbling 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb, his 100th match in charge.
Wesley Fofana became the first Chelsea player to post about Thomas Tuchel’s sacking
They’ve lost their past three away games and have kept just one clean sheet in seven matches so far this campaign.
Fofana only completed his £75million move to the club last week, after Chelsea’s drawn-out summer pursuit of the former Leicester City centre-back, of which Tuchel was a key driving force behind.
He made his debut for Chelsea on Saturday and also featured in last night’s defeat, but was arguably at fault for Mislav Orsic’s winner.
The Frenchman posted a photo on his Instagram story of himself and Tuchel embracing, suggesting his sadness at the German’s dismissal.
James was the second player to post a tribute, with a photo of him and Tuchel sharing a hug with the caption: ‘Thank you’.
The French defender only signed for Chelsea last week in a £75m deal from Leicester City
Reece James also shared a tweet of him and Tuchel sharing a hug with the caption ‘thank you’
Raheem Sterling also posted a message in tribute to Tuchel writing ‘Thank you Boss’
Raheem Sterling, a new signing under Tuchel this summer, posted a picture of the pair on Instagram and wrote: ‘Thank you Boss.’
Chelsea lie in sixth in the Premier League and have lost their past three away games in all competitions.
Tuchel leaves having guided Chelsea to UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup glory.
Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2021 to replace Frank Lampard and hit the ground running by winning the Champions League in six months.
Last season Chelsea reached the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals, only to lose to Liverpool on both occasions. They also finished third in the Premier League.
Tuchel played a key role in luring Fofana to Stamford Bridge after a protracted transfer saga
In his first 50 games they only conceded 24 goals and Tuchel was heralded for the impact he made.
In a bid to bridge the gap to champions Manchester City and Liverpool, Chelsea’s new ownership invested heavily in the summer, a record spend in one window for a Premier League club at more than £260million.
But Chelsea have made a stuttering start ahead of Saturday’s match against Fulham having already lost three times this season, all away from home at Southampton, Leeds and on Tuesday in Zagreb.
In his last 50 games they have conceded 53 goals, a sign of the breakdown defensively which is hampering their trophy prospects.
Sportsmail revealed that Tuchel is being paid £13million as a severance package, with a further £2m going to his backroom staff.
Sportsmail understands that Chelsea have permission to speak to Brighton manager Graham Potter who is the club’s number one choice, while former Spurs and PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino is also high on the club’s list of candidates to replace Tuchel.
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