Chelsea have announced the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as manager.
The club made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday evening, confirming what many football fans already sensed after Frank Lampard’s Monday departure.
In the statement announcing Lampard’s exit, the West London club had stated that it would be making no further comment until a new head coach is appointed.
The club has now made a comment, stating, “Thomas Tuchel has been appointed as the new Chelsea Head Coach. He moves to Stamford Bridge following a two-and-a-half year spell at French champions Paris Saint-Germain, which came to an end last month.
“He will be the first German to manage Chelsea and arrives having guided PSG to four major honours and the Champions League final during his time in the French capital.
“Prior to that, he spent seven seasons coaching in the Bundesliga, first with Mainz, where he led them into the Europa League, and then a successful period with Borussia Dortmund where he won the German Cup.
“At Chelsea, he will be reunited with Christian Pulisic and Thiago Silva who he coached during his spells in Dortmund and Paris respectively.
Tuchel, who has signed an 18-month contract with the possibility of an extension, said: “I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff.
“We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea. At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!”
Director Marina Granovskaia added: “It is never easy to change Head Coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel. There is still much to play for and much to achieve, this season and beyond. We welcome Thomas to the Club.”
According to the statement, Tuchel will take his first training session this evening and will be in the dugout for tomorrow’s Premier League game against Wolves.
The 47-year-old German was relieved of his appointment at French giants Paris Saint-Germain in December after falling out with the club’s hierarchy.
Appointed in 2018, he won two league titles at PSG, including a domestic quadruple in his second season, and guided the club to its first-ever UEFA Champions League final.
The Chelsea hierarchy and fans would be expecting him to replicate and surpass his success at the French side in London.