PSG Sacked Thomas Tuchel, But Why Now?

Former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel
Former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel during his time with Borussia Dortmund. PHOTO CREDIT: Alexander Böhm/Wikimedia Commons

On Christmas Eve, PSG decided to part ways with German manager Thomas Tuchel. During his two-year reign, Tuchel won two Ligue 1 titles and a domestic quadruple in the 2019-20 season. But even with his success, Tuchel has faced many problems with PSG’s players and front office. In three seasons, Tuchel has fallen out with two sporting directors, Antero Enrique and Leonardo. He butt heads with star forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappé as well. 

After PSG’s 4-0 win against Strasbourg on Wednesday, Tuchel said he felt like he was “more of a sports politician or sport minister than a coach,” in an interview. The combination of these disagreements and the interview spelled the end of Tuchel’s time at PSG. Later that day, he was no longer with the team.

PSG but the right move in firing Tuchel, but the front office handled the firing horribly. 

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First off, the news  came hours after PSG’s 4-0 win on Wednesday, which doesn’t make any sense at all. How do you get rid of a manager this close to Christmas after a positive result  that put you one point off the top of the table? It’s unprofessional, they could’ve waited until the end of the season. Regardless of the drama with Tuchel, PSG were getting results. PSG are just a point off the league leaders Lyon, and they advanced to the round of 16 in the Champions League. Why make the switch now when your club is getting results and in the mix to win trophies this season? It would be a completely different situation if PSG were struggling all season long.

Let’s focus on Thomas Tuchel. I know PSG completed the quadruple last year, but the German manager could’ve lost his job last season based off of his interactions with the front office and players. Tuchel has a history of falling out with font offices when they’re not willing to back him financially to sign or keep key players. That history, along with a decision to play a Champion’s League game against Monaco 24 hours after an explosion damaged their team bus and injured centerback Marc Bartra, ultimately ended his time with Borussia Dortmund. 

If you’re PSG, you know Tuchel has a history of getting testy with management. So why give him the green light to sign Neymar and Mbappé? That’s $400 million worth of players. Neymar and Mbappé had spats with Tuchel as well. The arguments led to rumors linking Neymar and Mbappé with moves away from PSG after Tuchel’s spat with them. To me it’s a no brainer, the negatives outweigh the positives. PSG should have given Tuchel the boot at the end last season and brought on Marucio Pochettino, giving him the summer to adapt to his players and make changes accordingly instead of appointing him mid season.

As it stands, Ponchettino will only be able make slight changes within the squad until the end of the season. He’ll have to wait until the summer to implement their plans. With PSG in the middle of a title race and the UCL, for a manager who’s been out of action for a year and a half, he’s got a lot of questions to answer if appointed. His situation at Spurs was day and night compared to what he’d be walking into. 

PSG got it all wrong. The club should have waited until the end of the season to bring Pochettino on. Tuchel has his problems. But he got PSG this far. The team should have let him see it through. We’ll see if PSG’s call proves costly going forward. 

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