Thomas Tuchel’s statement after Chelsea sack

Tuchel was sacked last Wednesday and replaced by Graham Potter in a quick double time, with Tuchel expressing his feelings about the decision in a statement on Twitter.

He wrote: “This is one of the most difficult phrases I’ve ever had to write – and one I hoped I wouldn’t need to write for so many years. I was blown away that my time at Chelsea was over.” .

“This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. A big thank you to all the staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome from the start.

The pride and joy that I felt in helping the team win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will be with me forever. I am honored to be a part of the history of this club and the memories of the past 19 months will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Tuchel’s comments highlight his anger over his dismissal after he brought so much success to the club, yet leaks continued to surface indicating that all was not well at Chelsea’s camp long before his exit.

Club staff hinted at reservations about Tuchel’s relationship with top players at the end of last season, as a poor start to the season highlighted cracks in his team’s morale.

Tuchel is also believed to have had a strained relationship with Chelsea’s top staff, with an ongoing debate over which summer transfer targets hurt those relationships the most.

In addition, Tuchel’s refusal to consider a deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United has been a point of contention with the Chelsea owners, who decided to look for a new coach after their 2-1 defeat to Southampton last month.

Potter has always been the front-runner to replace Tuchel and he wrote an open letter to Brighton fans on Sunday asking for a pardon following his exit.

He wrote: “It’s been three wonderful years with a club that changed my life and I want to take a moment to say goodbye to all of you who made it such a special period of my career.”

“I bid farewell to a great club, which will always mean a lot to me and my family. For some, I realize that a sudden change in football can be difficult to accept.

“I may not be able to convince all of you to pardon my departure – but I would at least take the opportunity to say thank you.”

Potter, the former Ostersunds and Swansea coach, led Brighton to ninth in the Premier League last season – the highest in Premier League history ever – and the team is fourth in the current table.

He said his players “go above and beyond” and praised Seagulls fans, their board and club staff.

“I hope you understand that at this point in my career, I felt I had to seize a new opportunity.

“I would like to thank (Chairman) Tony Bloom, (CEO) Paul Barber and the directors for the opportunity they gave me three years ago and then the unwavering support that came with it. I also thank Dan Ashworth and David Weir, our top-notch technical directors.”

Potter said he and the club had shared “some great moments”, citing victories against Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, and congratulating his successor at the club “whatever”.

He added: “Albion fans know that the club with Tony, Paul and David is in good hands.

“To my successor, whoever he is, I would like to say ‘Congratulations.’ You will be working for a great club with a great squad, backed by a great Chairman and Board of Directors.

“The team is playing at a high level and will improve. Most of all, the fans will be behind the team at home and abroad.

“To everyone at Brighton and Hove Albion: Thank you. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the club for the past three years. I wish you every success going forward.”