Paris Saint-Germain have sacked Thomas Tuchel as the club’s head coach, four months after taking the team to their first Champions League final which they lost to Bayern Munich.
Tuchel joined the club at the beginning of the 2018-19 season, winning back-to-back league titles as well as the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue in 2020.
However, PSG have lost four of their 17 games in the league and are third in Ligue 1 this season. The French champions topped their group in the Champions League ahead of RB Leipzig and Manchester United, and will face Barcelona in the last 16 of the competition.
Tuchel replaced Unai Emery on a two-year contract in June 2018, and signed an extension last May which would have seen him stay in Paris until the end of the current campaign.
However, in October there was a public fallout over player recruitment with the club’s sporting director Leonardo.
Tuchel said: “We lose too many players on free transfers. It is too, too much. We cannot ask this squad the same thing as we did last season.”
The following day Leonardo voiced his disapproval of Tuchel’s comments, saying “you have to respect the people above you”.
“I didn’t like his comments, the club didn’t like them either,” he said.
“We have to understand the moment we are going through. If someone is not happy, it is easy – we can talk. But if you decide to stay, you have to respect the people above you.”
PSG beat Strasbourg 4-0 in the league on Wednesday night, and are next in action against Saint-Etienne on January 6.