Reece James posts blunt two-word message for Thomas Tuchel with Chelsea stars slow to speak out after shock sacking | The Sun

CHELSEA star Reece James has posted a blunt two-word message for sacked Thomas Tuchel with many of his team-mates yet to react.

James posted a picture of Tuchel hugging him, with a "Thank you".

Tuchel was sacked following Tuesday's miserable 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in the West Londoners' Champions League opener.

This piled up on a poor start in the Premier League that has seen Chelsea lose two out of their opening six matches.

James is one of few players to publicly speak after Tuchel's exit – with new arrival Wesley Fofana being one of the first.

Fofana honoured his now former manager by taking to Instagram and sharing a touching pic of them together from training.

It comes as:

  • Chelsea ask for permission to speak to Graham Potter over vacant manager role.
  • Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino are among the favourites with bookies to replace Thomas Tuchel as John Terry priced at 33/1.
  • The Blues' brutal statement announces German relieved of his duties just 100 days after Todd Boehly takes charge.
  • Chelsea news LIVE: All the latest after Tuchel's axing.
  • Tuchel sacked by Boehly in ten-minute training ground meeting as chiefs ignored plea for more time

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Tuchel was very keen on signing the centre-back in the summer transfer window and played a key role in his £70million move from Leicester.

But the France international will soon be playing under a new manager with Chelsea already searching for the German's replacement.

Ben Chilwell has also thanked the German for his efforts.

Chilwell said on Instagram: "Thank you for the amazing memories coach!"

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According to the Telegraph, Tuchel lost the faith of new club owner Todd Boehly and his players, who appear to have gone silent after news of his dismissal broke.

The same source states that the former Paris Saint-Germain manager's future at Chelsea would have been in doubt even if they had claimed three points in Zagreb.

First team coach Anthony Barry will likely take charge on an interim basis for the meantime as the Blues look for a new manager.

SunSport has exclusively revealed Brighton boss Graham Potter is among the early frontrunners for the full-time job with talks scheduled to take place today.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane are also on Chelsea's shortlist, as well as Benfica manager Roger Schmidt.

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