LONDON: Thomas Tuchel has been confirmed as Frank Lampard’s replacement at Chelsea through an 18-month contract.
Lampard was dramatically sacked last Monday after a disappointing performance that put them in ninth place in the Premier League and 11 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Tuchel, who did not work for a month after being ousted by Paris Saint-Germain, was given the immediate task of boosting the squad that failed to stand out resulting in Lampard’s dismissal.
He immediately did so yesterday by conducting training for the first time in the afternoon.
Tuchel paid tribute to Lampard by saying: “I want to thank Chelsea for their confidence in me and the staff.
“We all have a lot of respect for the work done by Frank Lampard and the legacy was created at Chelsea. At the same time, I look forward to meeting new teams and competing in the most exciting football leagues.
“I’m thankful to be part of the Chelsea family – it’s amazing!”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “It will not be easy to change managers in the middle of the season but we are very happy to be able to tie one of Europe’s best coaches, Thomas Tuchel.
“There is still a lot to do and achieve, this season and beyond. We welcome Thomas to this club.”