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.
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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.
Speaking two years ago, Klopp lavished Tuchel with praise for his work at PSG, highlighting just how big…