On the same day Chelsea sacked Thomas Tuchel, RB Leipzig fired its head coach, Domenico Tedesco.

On Tuesday, Tedesco managed Leipzig to a 4-1 thrashing at home to Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk. Just three days prior, Leipzig conceded four on the road to Eintracht Frankfurt. Currently, Leipzig has just one win in five games in league play. Die Roten Bullen sit in 11th place in the Bundesliga with five points.

Tedesco took over at the German club in December of 2021. Back then, Leipzig struggled prior to the Italian-German’s arrival. Tedesco arrived in Leipzig with the club sat at 11th in the league table. Nevertheless, he quickly has a positive impact on the team, losing just twice in his first 16 Bundesliga games at the helm.

However, not even a full season in, RB Leipzig fires Tedesco with the club in the same league position as when he arrived.

RB Leipzig fires Domenico Tedesco

“The decision to part ways with Domenico Tedesco was a very difficult one for us,” claimed Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff.  “We had a very successful second half of last season under his tenure and we qualified for the Champions League. Under his leadership, we also won the DFB-Pokal, our first major title, and he was part of the most successful season in our young club’s history.”

“However, after our mediocre start to the Bundesliga season with five points from five games, along with the recent defeats to Eintracht and Shakhtar, we believe that a change of management is the right course of action to turn things round quickly.”

In Europe, Tedesco took Leipzig all the way to the Europa League semifinals. Scottish giants Rangers, however, knocked the Germans out of the competition before the finals.

Undoubtedly, Tedesco’s biggest accomplishment at Leipzig was winning the DFB-Pokal. RB Leipzig beat Freiburg on penalties to win the club’s first piece of major silverware.

Despite his positive freshman season, Tedesco could not continue this success during the current campaign.  Leipzig sit 11th in the Bundesliga table, with just one victory in league play. The club’s next match is tough test at home to Borussia Dortmund.

The hunt for a new manager appears to center around Marco Rose, former manager of RB Salzburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund. According to reports, the club wants to lock up his services as quickly as possible.

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