Thomas Tuchel, the manager of Chelsea, has been sacked by the club following a humbling 1-0 away defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. 

The London-based club released a statement on the official website where it said that the coaching staff at Chelsea will take charge of the team while it “moves swiftly to appoint a new head coach”. As the manager of Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel won the Champions League and the Club World Cup in 2021.

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The search is on for a new head coach at Stamford Bridge and reports are suggesting that Brighton manager Graham Potter is a likely replacement for the axed German tactician. 

47-year-old Potter has impressed at the American Express Community Stadium with his possession-based quick passing football. Even Pep Guardiola, one of the most successful football managers in recent times has heaped praise on Potter. 

Following a fixture between Manchester City and Brighton, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager had said that Potter is the best English manager at the moment. 

“I like watching Brighton play. I recognize it. When I was a football player, I would love to play in this team,” Pep had said. 

With four seasons in charge of Brighton, Potter has played 120 matches in the Premier League. Out of them, he has won 34 and drawn 44. The number of losses under his belt stands at 42.

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However, the Englishman had signed a four-year contract with Brighton when he joined the club in 2019. As a result, getting him to Stamford Bridge would not be an easy task for the Blues. 

Another name that has come up as a possible replacement for Thomas Tuchel is former PSG and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochetinno. Pochettino was sacked by PSG at the end of last season and is currently without a club. 

Chelsea, however, has refused to comment any further on the issue till a new manager is appointed.