This was a long time coming. Yet, the timing of it is still surprising.
What makes this news predictable is the fact that Chelsea have only won only two of our previous eight Premier League matches. What makes this unpredictable is the timing of it.
Some outlets previously reported that Lampard had three matches to prove his worth and to save his job. Even Lampard himself launched a public plea to be given a chance to turn things around in the next three home games and promised to do the same.
But Chelsea’s top hierarchy may have different plans if the report is to be believed, and they’re not ready to wait for three more games. They’re ready to start life without Frank Lampard at the helm.
Most sources, including Matt Law himself, are pointing towards Thomas Tuchel as the replacement due to the “German connection” and his immediate availability (unlike someone like say, Julian Nagelsmann) after he was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain last month.
Thomas Tuchel is set to become the new Chelsea manager, confirmed. Frank Lampard will be officially sacked today - Tuchel has accepted the #CFC job and is expected to sign in the coming hours.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 25, 2021
RB Lepzig won’t let Nagelsmann go now + Allegri is considering other options/clubs. https://t.co/KODPcJAFF5
Whether someone like Tuchel, who has been known to pick confrontations with the board, is a good manager for the Chelsea job is a question for a different day. For now, we must embrace this since a tough breakup is coming.