Thomas Tuchel was appointed Chelsea manager on an 18 -month contract on Tuesday , tasked with hauling the underperforming Blues back into the Champions League next season.
The 47 -year -old German replaces the sacked Frank Lampard to become the 13 th Chelsea boss since Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003 .
“ I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff ,” said Tuchel.
“ 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!”
Tuchel will take charge for the first time when Wolves visit Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Wednesday. Lampard , Chelsea ’s record goalscorer as a player , was dismissed on Monday after a run of five defeats in eight league games that saw his side slide to ninth in the table , 11 points behind leaders Manchester United .
That was not the return Abramovich expected after a £ 200 million ( $ 300 million ) spending spree in the summer transfer window at a time when most of Europe ’ s top clubs were scaling back due to the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
“ 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, ” said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia .
“ There is still much to play for and much to achieve , this season and beyond . ”
Source – PUNCH