Paris Saint-Germain sack Thomas Tuchel and line up Mauricio Pochettino – reports

German guided the French champions to the Champions League final just a few months ago

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 file photo, PSG's head coach Thomas Tuchel gestures as he stands on the touchline during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Angers at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France. Paris Saint-Germain has fired coach Thomas Tuchel while the defending champion is in third place in the French league. Tuchel's dismissal on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 came the day after PSG beat Strasbourg 4-0 and after Tuchel was questioned about comments he made to German broadcaster SPORT1. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Thomas Tuchel has been sacked as manager of Paris Saint-Germain, with former Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino the leading contender to succeed the German, according to various reports on Thursday.

The Ligue 1 champions declined to confirm the shock Christmas Eve dismissal reported by L'Equipe newspaper, news outlet RMC and German tabloid Bild.

"No idea" a club spokesman replied when asked when the news would be confirmed.

Tuchel, 47, arrived at the Parc des Princes on a two-year contract in 2018, and guided the Parisians to their first ever Champions League final last season.

But now, if reports are confirmed, less than three months on from the final defeat to Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Tuchel has become the first PSG coach to leave mid-season since Antoine Kombouare was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti in December 2011.

Tuchel departs having guided PSG to a last 16 date with Barcelona in this season's Champions League, despite being plagued by injuries, suspensions and coronavirus infections.

And in contrast to his predecessor, Tuchel appeared adept at man-managing his band of superstar players, giving Neymar back the smile that was missing during the Unai Emery era.

The club, however, are thought to be unhappy with recent comments in the press by Tuchel, the most recent an unauthorised interview which appeared in the German media on Wednesday.

In it he expressed resentment at what he perceived as the lack of acknowledgement the club had shown towards his achievements since arriving in the French capital.

"We missed winning the Champions League by one match. And we never had the feeling that we had convinced people and that they recognised our performance. Sometimes that makes you a little sad or angry," he told Sport1.

He also complained about the demands imposed upon him.

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 6, 2019 shows Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino clapping at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Red Star Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda) and Tottenham Hotspur at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade. Paris Saint-Germain have fired their coach Thomas Tuchel with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino lined up as his replacement, according to various media reports on December 24, 2020. The French champions declined to make any comment when contacted by AFP to confirm the reports carried by L'Equipe newspaper and RMC and German tabloid Bild.

"During the first six months I was asking myself 'am I still a coach...or a minister of Sport?'"

He was reportedly given his marching orders less than 24 hours after PSG's 4-0 win over Strasbourg which left them a point off the top of the table in Ligue 1 ahead of the winter break.

If his dismissal is confirmed, he leaves PSG with two Ligue 1 titles, a French Cup and a League Cup.

In 2017, he lost his job as Borussia Dortmund manager three days after guiding the Bundesliga side to the German Cup and reportedly fell out with the club's hierarchy.

The new man in the PSG dug out when the season resumes in the New Year will be Pochettino, claim the reports.

The Argentine, a popular PSG defender between 2001 and 2003, left Tottenham in November 2019, six months after leading them to their first Champions League final.

Pochettino, 48, transformed Spurs during his five-and-a-half-year reign but failed to win a trophy.