Following Frank Lampard’s exit on Monday, Chelsea are set to install former Borussia Dortmund and PSG boss Thomas Tuchel as their new head coach

Thomas Tuchel is close to being appointed as Chelsea’s new head coach.
After a run of five defeats in their last eight Premier League outings, Frank Lampard was sacked on Monday morning, despite having guided the club to a 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth round less than 24 hours earlier.
In a decision that Blues owner Roman Abramovich described as “difficult,” the Chelsea hierarchy felt that they were left with little choice but to relieve Lampard of his duties, with the club having entered a disappointing run of form in recent weeks.
After spending more than £220million during last summer’s transfer window, Chelsea were expected to challenge for the Premier League title this term. In fairness to Lampard, in early-December they certainly looked as though they would be capable of going the distance, sitting pretty at the top of the pile.
However, their recent slump has suggested otherwise, meaning Abramovich has made the decision to call upon somebody else to take the club forward.
The man in question is former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain chief Tuchel, who is very close to taking over the reigns at Stamford Bridge. The 47-year-old was earmarked for the job by Abramovich and is now very close to finalising a deal, with just the paperwork left to be sorted and signed.
His impending arrival in the Premier League is bound to force opposition managers to sit up and take note, with the German having been highlighted as one of European football’s best coaches in recent seasons.
And that is certainly an opinion held by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who was succeeded by Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund after he took over at Anfield back in October 2015.
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Speaking two years ago, Klopp lavished Tuchel with praise for his work at PSG, highlighting just how big an impact he had made following his arrival in the French capital.
“A fantastic, fantastic manager. You can see really his influence, it has changed a lot their style of play, how they play, different formations and stuff like that,” Klopp said back in 2019, as quoted by Get French Football News.
“I know a lot of people who have worked with him, they all are full of respect for him. You cannot be in the Champions League only because of spending money, that is not how it is.
“You need to have on the pitch a good organisation, because all the others we are not blind.
“We do our job as well and you need to have the right tools in the right moments and Thomas has that.
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Klopp is not the only big-name figure in English football to have heaped praise on the shoulders of Tuchel, with former England and Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand having waxed lyrical about his work.
Ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup on Monday evening, Ferdinand, appearing on BT Sport, raved about Tuchel’s methods and attention to detail.
“He was one of the most amazing of the managers I’ve been fortunate enough to interview,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “Very insightful, he was a man of detail.
“As much as it was about speaking to him, it was also speaking to the players he managed. Dani Alves, [Gianluigi] Buffon, two of the most experienced and coveted players in this generation of footballers, they couldn’t speak any more positively about him, in terms of how he treated them as individuals and as a collective.
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“The ambience in the squad was at an all-time high. He’s done well at the clubs he’s been at previously, he got PSG to a Champions League final last year and won the league.”
Should everything go to plan in the final stages of the negotiations and finalising the paperwork, Tuchel, depending on quarantining rules, could be in charge of his first game before the week is out.