Chelsea is set to sack Frank Lampard imminently with the manager expected to be axed today – and it has been suggested that former Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel will replace him at the helm.
Sky Sport Germany reporter Max Bielefeld tweeted: “Exclusive: Thomas Tuchel is going to take over @ChelseaFC, according to Sky sources. It’s almost a done deal. Frank Lampard is going to be sacked today #TransferUpdate @Sky_Marc.”
Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Tuchel only left PSG before Christmas having been sacked just four months after taking the French club to their first Champions League final.
The German, 47, remains a free agent and it was claimed last week that the Blues had been in talks with him about replacing Lampard.
Chelsea’s hierarchy have now reached the decision to dismiss their current manager despite his legendary status at Stamford Bridge due to his past there as a player.
The Londoners have struggled for form in the Premier League and sit 11 points off leaders Manchester United having only won two of their last eight in the top flight.
But the decision to get rid of Lampard comes after Chelsea beat Luton Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
After that win, Lampard said: “I always need these results. This is Chelsea. Like you said at the start, you’re in the next round, how’d you feel? People expect it. People also expect a lot in terms of our league position.
“My job is to see the inside to know what goes on, to know the work we need to do and to look at the team today and see that we’ve got a lot of young players in the team. People will look very closely at the moment. I try and see a bigger picture.
“Of course I wanted the result today because it gives a nice air of positivity around the club and for the players to get to the next round.
“We’re now in two cup competitions, the Champions League next round and the FA Cup and we want to win more points in the league. That’s where we’re at.”
Lampard has been in charge for 18 months and led Chelsea to a top-four finish in his first season, which many felt to be an overachievement given the club’s transfer ban.
But the Blues spent £220million on new signings in the summer as they backed the 42-year-old club legend, only for Chelsea to be well out of the title race due to their recent slump.
The club’s big-money additions Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have struggled to find their best form and German-speaking Tuchel will hope to reignite the duo, who lit up the Bundesliga last term.
Chelsea have won just once against the top 11 clubs in the Premier League this term and their top-four status is at real risk.
Lampard will therefore become the 14th casualty of the Abramovich era at the Bridge after winning 44 of his 84 games in charge.
Though Tuchel appears to prime to replace Lampard in west London, a whole host of names have been linked with the job of late.
Those include Brendan Rodgers who worked at Chelsea before under Mourinho but the Leicester boss is tied down for the long term in the Midlands.
Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl and RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann are also said to be admired by the Chelsea hierarchy.
Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and ex-Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko, who is said to live in London and who manages the Ukraine national team, have also been linked.
Yet Chelsea appear intent on bringing in Tuchel in what will be his fourth major role after two-year spells with PSG and Dortmund and a five-year stint with Mainz.