Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain and will be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino, and a meeting with the former Tottenham boss is scheduled for today.
Pochettino has already spoken to PSG bosses about succeeding Tuchel, who was revealed to have been sacked Wednesday night, just hours after overseeing PSG’s 4-0 win over Racing Strasbourg.
According to Sky Germany, PSG sporting director Leonardo fired the 47-year-old after the club’s resounding victory at Princes’ Park, which followed four months after Tuchel led Parisian clothing to the Champions League final.
Thomas Tuchel was reportedly fired by Paris Saint-Germain just days before Christmas
Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed to take over Tuchel, in charge of PSG
Pochettino has been without a club since parting ways with Tottenham last year and is preparing to return to the club where he played as a player.
Pochettino is linked to other top managerial positions on the continent, and Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United have all been linked to the 48-year-old over the past year. However, he strived for the perfect project.
Pochettino recently said: ‘I have always said that one day it would be a pleasure for me to manage a big club like Paris, which is a dream.
‘I try to watch all their games, especially in the Champions League and sometimes I talk to them [Paris Saint-Germain assistant coach] Jean-Louis Gasset. ‘
Tuchel’s dismissal comes four months after leading the club to the Champions League final
Although PSG did not dominate Ligue 1 as in previous years, Tuchel managed to come out on top in his awkward Champions League group, which included RB Leipzig and Manchester United.
However, Wednesday night’s match against Strasbourg proved to be Tuchel’s last, where he was told that his services were no longer needed.
It was also PSG’s last game before the three-day winter break in the league, due to which they will return on January 6 against Saint Etienne.
Tuchel on Wednesday criticized his position as PSG boss, claiming he felt like a ‘politician’ at the club.
Tuchel told Sport 1: ‘To be completely honest, for the first six months I said to myself,’ Am I still a manager or am I a sports politician, a sports minister? ‘ In a club like this, it’s not always just about football. ‘
Tuchel oversaw PSG’s 4-0 win over Racing Strasbourg at Princes’ Park on Wednesday
Tuchel congratulates his PSG players just hours before he was sacked as boss
Massimiliano Allegri, who has been out of work since leaving Juventus last year, is also one of the leading bookmakers for the job.
According to RMC Sport, Les Parisiens have opened negotiations with Tuchel’s lawyers to find a settlement, and the German has six months left from his current job as a manager.
Tuchel had a hard time enduring his third third season at the helm and saw him lose ground in the title race, losing four in 11 games this season.
The French champions were left to Lyon and Lille, who have lost just one game this season.
Pochettino enjoyed the successful magic in Paris Saint-Germain and loves the city
The former Borussia Dortmund boss was pleased with how his team performed before he was sacked, claiming his side overcame several injuries to win comfortably in 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 for the end of the year.
‘We played very fluidly, very quickly and easily. 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 hard against the Strasbourg team defending very deeply in a 5-3-2 result.
‘It was hard to find moments to speed up the game. We made a few changes, but we got into the rhythm very quickly and I’m thrilled with the performance. ‘
PSG managed to finish at the top of the Champions League heavyweight group earlier this month
In his three years at the club, Tuchel has twice won back-to-back titles Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee des Champions.
He took 127 games and won 95, giving him an impressive 74 percent of average wins as boss.
PSG is currently third in the table and is only one point away from the highest place and can boast the best goal difference in the league.