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When Chelsea hope to have Thomas Tuchel in charge of first match as manager

Chelsea hope to have Thomas Tuchel in charge against Wolves on Wednesday after sacking Frank Lampard.

Billionaire Blues owner Roman Abramovich axed Lampard yesterday just 18 months into his three-year contract.

And Chelsea hope that if Tuchel tests negative for Covid-19, he will be able to join their bubble despite government quarantine rules for those entering the country.

Lampard was sacked in a face-to-face meeting with transfer bigwig Marina Granovskaia and chairman Bruce Buck on Monday morning.

But he had already learned the news after his players were told to arrive later than planned for training.

Assistant coaches Jody Morris and Chris Jones will also leave Chelsea, who were ninth at the time of Lampard’s exit.

Chelsea hope to have Thomas Tuchel in charge against Wolves on Wednesday
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Tuchel, who was sacked by PSG in December, was regarded as the best candidate currently available, and has agreed terms.

Chelsea were told RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann would not be available until the summer, and had also approached former Leipzig coach Ralph Rangnick as a potential caretaker.

But it is Tuchel who will be asked to turn things around after a run of five defeats in the last eight games.

Frank Lampard has been sacked by Chelsea after 18 months in charge
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The club hopes German-speaker Tuchel, who becomes the 11th full-time manager of the Abramovich era, can get the best out of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

He is also a big fan of Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, having tried to sign all three for PSG, and well-known for giving young players a chance.

Chelsea did not want to sack Lampard, but last Tuesday’s dismal defeat at Leicester proved to be the tipping point.

Chelsea are believed to be targeting former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel
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