Chelsea: New boss Thomas Tuchel in profile
Chelsea have appointed former Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel as their new boss on a two-and-a-half year contract. The Blues sacked Frank Lampard on Monday following a run of poor results which saw them slip down to eighth in the Premier League table.
Tuchel has been out of work since being axed by PSG last month.
The former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund boss met the Chelsea players for the first time on Tuesday, where he also took his first training session.
Speaking of his appointment, Tuchel 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!
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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.”
After being sacked, Lampard said:
“It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long,” he wrote.
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“Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months.
“I hope they know what that means to me.
“When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club.
“I am proud of the achievements that we made, and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well.
“They are the future of the club.
“I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level.
“I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenging times.
“I wish the team and the club every success for the future.”
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