Soon after sacking Frank Lampard, Chelsea roped in Thomas Tuchel as the club’s new manager on an 18-month contract. Tuchel would take over from Frank Lampard who was sacked on Monday after a 19-month spell at Stamford Bridge.
“I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff,” Tuchel said.
“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!”
Lampard was ousted because the club had a poor run of results during the season. It saw the club drop from first place in the Premier League table to ninth in the space of a month.
On the other hand Tuchel was sitting idle and was out of work since he was sacked by French champions Paris Saint-Germain in December. He was taken over by former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.
The club acknowledged that it is hard to find a fitting replacement when a head coach has to be replaced. “It is never easy to change head coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said.
“There is still much to play for and much to achieve, this season and beyond. We welcome Thomas to the club.”
So, Tuchel will be in the dugout as Chelsea return to league action when they host Wolves on Wednesday.