Arsenal legend says that while he was not surprised that sacked , he was baffled by the timing of it.
Tuchel’s dismissal came on Wednesday morning following a poor start to the season, with Tuesday night’s embarrassing defeat to Dinamo Zagreb the final nail in the coffin.
It has since been reported that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly may have been planning the sacking for a number of weeks, with his relationship with Tuchel, and indeed Tuchel’s relationship with the players, growing ever more tense.
Even so, Henry admitted that the decision has left him baffled for one particular reason.
‘I wasn’t actually surprised given how the game is at the minute,’ the legendary French forward told CBS Sports.
‘What I was surprised about was why do you allow him to bring in all these players and then sack him after?
‘I wasn’t surprised that he was let go because you can’t sack the whole team, sometimes the coach has to go.
‘But you allowed him to bring new people in and then you sack him. That’s what’s weird for me.’
In his first summer in charge of Chelsea, Boehly splashed over £253million, the most the Blues have ever spent in a transfer window, on players, including Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It is unclear how many of these players were signed at Tuchel’s request given that the German preferred the role of head coach rather than manager and generally did not get too involved with the club’s transfer policy.
The possible exception is Aubameyang, who had thrived under Tuchel at Dortmund, but their reunion would last just 59 minutes, as the striker made his debut in the defeat to Zagreb.
Chelsea have not started the season well at all, losing two of their opening six games in the Premier League and looking far from convincing in the wins they have picked up.
As for Tuchel’s replacement, Brighton boss Graham is the runaway favourite having already held talks with Boehly, but is unlikely to take the reins at Stamford Bridge before the Blues next game at local rivals Fulham on Saturday.
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