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.
The football manager is now said to be ‘smitten’ with his new girlfriend, Brazilian Natalie Max, 35, who he began dating after his divorce was finalised.
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.
Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel (left) split from his wife of 13 years Sissi last year
Tuchel has been seen with his new Brazilian girlfriend Natalie Max (pictured here in 2017) holidaying in Sardinia
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.
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 hearing, or his ex-wife, who did, wished to comment.
Tuchel married his ex wife Sissi 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‘s private life became a dressing room hot topic in his final days – with Chelsea players discussing his failed marriage and his new younger girlfriend, according to reports.
The German manager is said to have lost the confidence of the Chelsea squad due to his difficult characteristics and erratic behaviour – while his private life was also a topic of dressing room gossip – according to The Independent.
According to the report, this transformed the squad’s perception of their manager.
Thomas and Sissi Tuchel at the Paris Masters 2016 when he was coach of PSG
A source told MailOnline: ‘Tuchel and Natalie are smitten with each other.
‘They’ve been dating since May and things are already getting serious between them.
‘Natalie flew to Sardinia to join Thomas on their first holiday and they’ve been spending a lot of quality time together in west London, where she lives with her two children and dog.
‘Tuchel is really lovely and has made Natalie’s friends feel welcome, he’s definitely in this for the long-haul.’
It is thought the new couple’s romanced blossomed during dates at an Italian restaurant in west London.
Ms Max has two daughters from a previous relationship and lives at a three-story property in Knightsbridge, London, believed to be worth several million.
The Brazilian, who resides a stone’s throw away from Harrods, is due back from her holiday with Tuchel at the end of the week.
The townhouse where she lives is in one of London’s most expensive districts, where the super-rich fill the streets with Ferraris, Bentleys and Rolls Royces.
As well as Harrods, the area boasts a number of designer fashion stores including Chanel, Burberry, and Harvey Nichols.
The Chelsea manager pictured celebrating his side’s Champions League final win with now ex-wife Sissi and their two daughters in May last yea
The couple watch the final of the Paris Masters in 2018 between Karen Khachanov and Novak Djokovic
The couple are also spoilt for choice with restaurants including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay’s Petrus, and The Rosebery.
Hyde Park is just around the corner, as is Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall while Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground is just one and half miles away.
Several other mega-wealthy celebrities reside nearby including Tamara Ecclestone, who lives in a 57-room mansion less than a mile away
Disgraced Ghislaine Maxwell also owned a £2.5million mews house a few streets away.
Tuchel, and Ms Max have been seen holding hands on a romantic boat trip at sunset.
Ms Max also enjoyed a dip in the Mediterranean sea before the loved-up pair went back to their £20,000-a-night private villa.
Tuchel guided Chelsea to Champions League success in 2021, beating Man City in the final
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.
Back in January, former Crystal Palace owner and Sportsmail columnist Simon Jordan said the secret reason Boehly sacked Tuchel would ‘make people’s eyes water.’
He told talkSPORT: ‘There’s a lot more behind the scenes that would make most people’s eyes water as to the reasons why Todd Boehly made that decision and it wasn’t just a case of losing to Dinamo Zagreb, it was a case of a raft of other things – that’s Todd Boehly’s gift to tell people what it is.
‘But it opened my eyes and I would’ve done exactly the same thing as Todd Boehly did which is ‘you can go mate.’
It was suggested at the time of his sacking that Tuchel had fallen out with new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly