Paris Saint-Germain have onfirmed the departure of manager Thomas Tuchel, who has been given his marching orders after a poor run of results at the Parc des Princes.
Reports emerged last week stating that PSG director Leonardo had already informed Tuchel that he was being let go, with former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino widely expected to take over from the German.
The wheels on that one are finally in motion now as PSG took to their official website to confirm that Tuchel has been relieved of his duties after ‘an in-depth analysis’ of the team’s recent form.
“I would like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his staff for everything they brought to the Club,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “Thomas has put a lot of energy and passion into his work, and of course we will remember the good times we shared together. I wish him the best for his future.”
Defending Ligue 1 champions PSG currently sit third in the table, one point behind leaders Lyon, and found themselves on a run of two wins from their last four games – including a loss to Lyon and draw with second-placed Lille.
Tuchel had cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines in the weeks leading up to his departure, and he was forced to defend himself amid claims that he had grown tired of a lack of credit for PSG’s success during his time of the club.
For PSG, all signs point to Pochettino. Fabrizio Romano revealed on Sunday that the former Spurs boss has already put pen to paper on a contract to take over in Paris, so an imminent announcement seems likely.
Pochettino has already been tipped to push for moves for former stalwarts Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in the January transfer window in an attempt to ensure PSG’s reign of domestic dominance in France does not come to an end.