Chelsea sacked Frank Lampard this morning, and as it so often happens, we did so with a replacement fully in mind and lined up. We’re nothing if not efficient in this process after the last decade and a half. (Getting to this point probably contributed to the shocking timing of it all, less than 24 hours after our third win in the last four games.)
As per reports, it’s former PSG, BVB, and Mainz head coach Thomas Tuchel who will be taking over, about a month after his own sacking at PSG. Getting sacked is part of a football manager’s job description, after all.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the agreement over his appointment has been reached, and it’s gotten the “here-we-go” stamp.
Thomas Tuchel is the new Chelsea manager after Lampard sack, confirmed. Announcement expected soon. The agreement reached has been reached and here-we-go. #CFC #Chelsea https://t.co/kAdAptlNzb— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 25, 2021
Our efficiency could face a hurdle from the outside however, with special considerations having to be made for COVID-19 protocols and quarantines.
So while Tuchel’s appointment may be announced as soon as tonight or tomorrow, he might have to get stuck in quarantine for about ten days, unless granted a special exemption from the UK government. (Which he probably will get, it should be noted.)
Thomas Tuchel currently in Germany: subject to negative #COVID19 test should be in London within 48 hours. #CFC working on quarantine situation but hope he’ll be exempt as joining elite sports environment. Announcement likely Tuesday @TheAthleticUK #CFC https://t.co/1o20jd0Xs8— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 25, 2021
With Jody Morris also leaving alongside Frank Lampard, it was coach Anthony Barry, a summer arrival, who reportedly led training ground.
Maybe he will be leading the team on Wednesday as well as we take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Bridge?
Anthony Barry has taken training at the club today https://t.co/XxL9wH6Bhg— Training Ground Guru (@ground_guru) January 25, 2021