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Official: Former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel appointed Chelsea manager
The headline news in the footballing world on Monday was, of course, that Chelsea had parted ways with manager Frank Lampard:
Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 25, 2021
Lampard’s dismissal came just a day after the Londoners downed Luton Town in the FA Cup.
Chelsea’s league form, though, has of course proven pretty dire for some time now. They have managed just one win in five, leaving the Blues sitting in 9th spot in the Premier League table.
The majority of the club’s summer signings, meanwhile, particularly Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, have also been majorly under-performing over the last couple of months.
In terms of potential successors to Lampard, former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was touted as the favourite to take the job, with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano having gone as far as to claim on Monday that the German’s arrival was expected to be announced imminently:
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 25, 2021
Now, on Tuesday evening, official confirmation of the German’s arrival has been forthcoming.
In an official post across the club’s social media platforms and website, Chelsea confirmed the German has signed an 18-month deal with the possibility of an extension.
On taking charge of the Blues, Tuchel had this to say:
“I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff. We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea. At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!”
Welcome to Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel! ✍️🔵 #WelcomeTuchel
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 26, 2021