“Thomas Tuchel is currently in Germany: subject to a negative Covid test he should be in London within 48 hours. Chelsea are working on a quarantine situation, but they hope he’ll be exempt as he’s joining an elite sports environment. Announcement likely Tuesday.”
BBC Sport understands that Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea because the club could not see him reversing a slide in form and a lack of confidence among the squad.
The former head coach’s points per game ratio was the worst among Chelsea managers in the Roman Abramovich era, eclipsing that of Andre Villas-Boas, and it led to what was seen as irreparable damage to the season.
After qualifying for the Champions League last season, and spending more than £200m on players in the summer, the aim this campaign was to close the gap on leaders, but that has failed to materialise.
Although links will be made between Tuchel’s heritage and the poor form of fellow Germans Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, the change was made because of the lack of confidence among the whole squad.