Tuchel sacked by PSG


French champion Paris Saint Germain have sacked German coach Thomas Tuchel, French sports daily L’Equipe and German newspaper Bild reported Thursday, report agencies.

Tuchel, who guided PSG to the Champions League final in August which they lost to Bayern Munich, oversaw a 4-0 home win against Racing Strasbourg less than 24 hours ago as they moved within a point of Ligue 1 leader Olympique Lyonnais.

The 47-year old was appointed PSG head coach in 2018 and has won two Ligue 1 titles along with a domestic quadruple in his second season at the club.

While PSG are not dominating Ligue 1 this term as they have in previous years, Tuchel has steered them into the Champions League last 16 where they face Barcelona after finishing top of a group which included RB Leipzig and Manchester United.

Since PSG lost the Champions League final 1-0 to Bayern Munich in August, it's been a difficult time for Tuchel on and off the pitch.

Towards the end of the summer transfer window, he had a public falling out with the club's sporting director Leonardo over recruitment.

And earlier this week, he gave an interview with a German TV station saying he felt more like "a sports politician or sports minister than a coach" during his first season at the club.

Tuchel claimed that the quotes had been taken out of context and said "it's possible they translated incorrectly" but again it hinted at problems behind the scenes.

The players seemed to respond well to him but to the outside world, other relationships at the club didn't seem so comfortable.

It reminded me of comments once made by Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke about Tuchel: "Thomas is a difficult person, but a fantastic trainer."