PSG confirm Tuchel exit

Paris, Dec 29 (efe-epa).- Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday confirmed the sacking of head coach Thomas Tuchel.

Former Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino is widely tipped to take over from the German at the Ligue 1 champions.

“After an in-depth analysis of its sporting situation, Paris Saint-Germain decided to terminate Thomas Tuchel’s contract,” the club said in a statement.

PSG chairman and CEO, Qatari businessman Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, said: “I would like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his staff for all they have contributed to the club.

“Thomas has put a lot of energy and passion into the job, and we will of course remember the good moments we shared together. I wish him all the best for the future.”

Tuchel, 46, signed as PSG head coach in July 2018, taking over from Spanish coach Unai Emery after a three-year spell at Borussia Dortmund.

In that time he has logged 95 victories with the French team, 12 draws and 20 losses in all competitions.

Tuchel helped PSG to two league titles in 2019 and 2020,  the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue in 2020, two Trophées de Champions in 2018 and 2019 and led the team to its first-ever Champions League final in 2020, where it went to lose against Bayern Munich.

Despite a successful record, Tuchel’s relationship with the club has deteriorated over the last season, especially with sporting director Leonardo.

Tuchel’s recent remarks to French TV channel Sport 1 in which he said it felt like the club environment did not appreciate winning the league as much as other teams like Bayern Munich could have proved the last straw for his employers.

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