Chelsea fires Frank Lampard and will replace him with Thomas Tuchel
The Frank Lampard Chelsea FC era has officially come to an end. On Monday, Chelsea announced that it has sacked the club legend as the team's manager, ending his short stint in charge.
Shortly after the Lampard news was announced, reports from all over Europe emerged stating that the team will replace him with former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel. Chelsea is yet to announce Tuchel's hiring, but did make the Lampard firing official.
Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 25, 2021
The Lampard news doesn't come as a huge surprise. After finishing in fourth place of the Premier League table last season, Chelsea had a huge summer transfer window, bringing in Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy and several others.
With so many additions, plus Christian Pulisic at top health, the expectation was that Lampard would have the group ready to not only compete for an EPL title, but also make plenty of noise in the Champions League as well. While Chelsea is in the Round of 16 in the CL, the team currently sits in ninth place of the Premier League standings.
With its 29 points, the Blues are 11 points back of league leaders Manchester United. Rumors had swirled for weeks Lampard was on his way out, and now it's a done deal.
With Lampard now out, Tuchel is all set to take over as manager. The 47-year-old German will arrive to London after most recently serving as head coach of Paris Saint-Germain. He helped PSG win multiple Ligue 1 titles, but the board wasn't happy with the team's showings in the Champions League this year. Prior to PSG, he spent 2015-2017 with Borussia Dortmund.
Plenty of pressure will be on Tuchel to try and turn things around for Chelsea. As of right now, they're on the outside looking in for the Top 4 in the EPL. Let's see if he can get the team back on track.