Thursday, 24 December 2020 15:32

Staff Reporter.

Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain, four months after taking them to the Champions League final.

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.

PSG are currently third in Ligue 1, a point behind leaders Lyon, and have lost four of their 17 games in the league this season. They 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's departure comes four months after he guided the club to their first Champions League final where they lost to Bayern Munich in Lisbon.

The German 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.

Meanwhile Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is the main contender to take over at Paris St-Germain.

It is understood PSG's players have been told that the Argentine, 48, will be joining the club.

Talks between PSG and Pochettino started at least two weeks ago.

Pochettino, who led Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019 where they lost to Liverpool, has been linked regularly with the PSG job in recent months.

He played for PSG between 2001 and 2003, and has been without a job since leaving Spurs in November 2019.