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Chelsea have confirmed Thomas Tuchel as their new manager after firing Frank Lampard on Monday.
From Lampard his status as the club’s record scorer and fan favorite could not prevent it from becoming Roman Abramovich’s 10th technical firing.
The former England midfielder lasted just 18 months with the Russian owner acknowledging that it was not an ordinary decision while taking the rare step of issuing a personal statement of appreciation to the outgoing man.
The club, however, wasted no time looking for a successor with German coach Tuchel was touted as the man who would replace Lampard almost immediately.
The 47-year-old has been available since leaving Paris St Germain last month.
The two-time Ligue 1 winner has signed an initial 18-month contract and will go to work immediately.
He was due to take his first practice session Tuesday night, before taking over Wednesday’s home league clash with the Wolves.
“I would like to thank Chelsea for their trust in me and my staff,” Tuchel told the official website of the Chelsea club.
“We all have the utmost respect for the work of Frank Lampard and the legacy he created at Chelsea.
“At the same time, I can’t wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in soccer.
“I am grateful to be part of the Chelsea family now, it feels amazing!”
Tuchel won back-to-back league titles with PSG and led them to the Champions League final just five months ago, when they lost to Bayern Munich.
That was not enough to satisfy the club’s ambitious owners, who replaced him with Mauricio Pochettino.
Before his stint in France, Tuchel impressed in his native Germany with Borussia Dortmund after a stint at Mainz.
Tuchel will be familiar with at least two members of the Chelsea squad after he worked with Thiago Silva at PSG and gave Christian Pulisic his shot at Dortmund when the American was still a teenager.
Tuchel inherits German talent
It will also inherit a number of big money upgrades signed this summer, including Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, and Hakim Ziyech, although only the latter has arguably justified its price so far.
Failing to get the best of them was perhaps fatal for Lampard, who negotiated a transfer ban, introduced several young players and led the team to fourth place and an FA Cup final in his first season, but was unable to convince Abramovich. that he could. go ahead on your second.
Meanwhile, TEAMtalk he understands that the decision to eliminate Lampard was made after the Leicester game.
The former Derby boss had a chance after the 3-1 loss to Man City, but the loss to Leicester was the final straw.
Marina Granovskaia has been working on her replacement ever since and we understand that the same agents who negotiated deals for Werner and Havertz made a deal for Tuchel.
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