Thomas Tuchel will not face a 10-day quarantine upon his arrival in London later today as he will be entering an elite sport exemption programme but the likely new Chelsea head coach must still follow some government regulations.
The 47-year-old has finalised a deal to replace Frank Lampard, who was sacked yesterday morning following a dire run of results, and has had to provide a negative test before flying into London.
Chelsea clarified the exact protocol with government authorities yesterday as Tuchel has been out of work, and therefore regular testing, since leaving Paris Saint-Germain last month.
Tuchel will be allowed to take training and be in the dugout but is expected to quarantine when outside of the work bubble.
Confirmation of his appointment is expected this afternoon and he will likely be on the sidelines for tomorrow’s Premier League game at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, providing his test result is negative.
The first-team squad have again been told to report to training later today with the intention of Tuchel taking his first session.
Chelsea had also considered Ralf Rangnick, while they were told RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann was unavailable, but the club believes that Tuchel can get the best out of compatriots Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, who have not performed to expectations since being signed in the summer.
Confirming Lampard’s dismissal yesterday, owner Roman Abramovich said: “This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him.
“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.”
It was the first time the Russian has released a statement following the dismissal of a head coach or manager.