Chelsea to appoint Tuchel with 18-month contract with option for an additional year

Les Bleus prepare to unveil new manager today and hope he can lead the squad against Wolves on Wednesday

Thomas Tuchel is traveling to London to complete his appointment as new Chelsea manager.

The former Paris Saint-Germain head coach will replace Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge and hopes to be in position in time to take charge of his new side against Wolves on Wednesday.

Tuchel will sign an 18-month contract, with an option for an additional year, and is back in management just one month after leaving PSG.

What are the details?

Barely 24 hours after sacking Lampard as Chelsea head coach, Blues owner Roman Abramovich is set to inaugurate the latest manager to be in charge of the London club.

Indeed, Tuchel travels from Paris to London to finalize the move, and hopes to be in place for the Premier League match of the Blues with Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The 47-year-old will need to register a negative Covid-19 test in order to enter the Chelsea bubble, and he will then be allowed to lead training sessions and take charge of matches.

The London club will allow Tuchel to bring with him a first group of employees to operate in the short term, with other additions to be reviewed throughout the season.

Initially, the German will sign an 18-month contract, but it is possible to extend the deal for an additional season, if both parties are happy with the arrangement.

The decision to make the change at the management level comes with Chelsea currently in ninth place in the Premier League table, a far cry from pre-season expectations that they would be able to fight for the title.

Overall, Lampard has only gained 1.67 points per game in his 18 months at the helm of Stamford Bridge, and that is ultimately one of the main reasons he was sacked.

Former England international’s assistants Jody Morris and Chris Jones have also been sacked, although Joe Edwards and Anthony Barry have stayed on to resume training in the meantime.

Chelsea have also temporarily suspended all transfer activity pending Tuchel’s arrival at the club.

What was said?

Announcing the decision to sack Lampard, Abramovich said in a statement: “It was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have a great personal relationship with Frank and have the utmost respect for him.

“He is a man of great integrity and the highest work ethic. However, under the current circumstances, we believe it is better to change managers.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, on the board and personally, I want to thank Frank for his work as a head coach and wish him every success in the future.

“He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains intact. He will always be warmly welcomed at Stamford Bridge. ”

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Lampard himself, meanwhile, spoke of his disappointment at being sacked by Chelsea, issuing the following statement: “It has been a huge privilege and an honor to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life. life for so long.

“First of all, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support I have received over the past 18 months. Hope they know what this means to me.

“When I took on this role, I understood the challenges that awaited me in a difficult time for club football.

“I’m proud of the accomplishments we have made, and I’m proud of the Academy players who made their way into the first team and performed well. They are the future of the club. I am disappointed that I did not have the time. season to move the club forward and take it to the next level.

“I would like to thank Mr. Abramovich, the Board of Directors, the players, my coaching staff and all club members for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and difficult times.

“I wish the club and the team every success in the future.”

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