Thomas Tuchel ‘was sacked by Chelsea for mysterious off-the-field reasons – and because players lost respect for him’, email from his ex-wife claims… as he seeks an injunction to stop her publishing it
- The pair split after 13 years of marriage last year when Tuchel was Chelsea boss
- The German was sacked by the Blues in September after 100 games in charge
- His ex-wife claims to have received a phone call detailing the reasons for his axe
Thomas Tuchel ‘was sacked by Chelsea for off-field reasons and because the players lost respect for him’ – according to an email from his ex-wife.
The revelation came in a hearing at Munich’s district court following the split between Tuchel, 49, and his wife Sissi, 51, last year after 13 years of marriage.
German newspaper Bild report that Sissi, a former journalist for Suddeutsche Zeitung, received a call from England in which she was given the alleged reasons for his Chelsea sacking in September last year.
She was apparently told the Chelsea players had lost respect for the manager who led them to Champions League success in 2021. Mysterious ‘off-field reasons’ were also cited.
The reasons were put down in an email and Tuchel wanted to use a temporary injunction to prevent Sissi disclosing the content of the message, Bild said.
Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel split from his wife of 13 years Sissi last year
Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea last September after 100 matches in charge of the club
It was suggested at the time that Tuchel had fallen out with new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly
At the time, differences of opinion between Tuchel and the new Chelsea ownership led by Todd Boehly, as well as poor results on the pitch, were given as the reasons for his dismissal.
Bild said they were unable to publish the wording of some of the claims in the email for legal reasons and neither Tuchel, who didn’t attend the heading, or his ex-wife, who did, wished to comment.
The pair married in 2009 and had two daughters together. The Mail on Sunday revealed in April last year that the couple had split with Sissi beginning divorce proceedings.
The presiding judge said the Munich hearing was held behind closed doors ‘because the highly personal area of life is touched on and the truthfulness of the statements is also disputed.’
Tuchel has not taken another managerial job in football since his sacking. He won 60 of his 100 games in charge of Chelsea, leading them to Champions League success when they defeated Manchester City 1-0 in Porto.
The Blues also won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup under his command, as well as losing two FA Cup finals.
Tuchel guided Chelsea to Champions League success in 2021, beating Man City in the final