Former PSG boss announced as Frank Lampard’s successor

Chelsea have reportedly moved swiftly to bring in Frank Lampard’s successor and have confirmed the appointment of the German tactician Thomas Tuchel as their new head coach.

Frank was sacked the day after guiding the Blues to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory over Luton Town but his side had won just one of their past five PL matches.

With Chelsea in ninth place, owner Roman Abramovich pulled the trigger on the club icon – ending his reign in charge after just 18 months. Thomas arrives with far more experience than his predecessor.

Tuchel won the DFB-Pokal during his time with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, having made his name at another German side Mainz, before winning two league titles, the Coupe de la Ligue, the Coupe de France, as Paris Saint-Germain manager, while also guiding them to last campaign’s Champions League final.

The German thinks there is a great foundation for him to build upon after Frank’s work. ‘I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff,’ said Thomas after his appointment.

‘We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea.

‘At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. ‘I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!’

Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia added: ‘It is never easy to change Head Coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel.

‘There is still much to play for and much to achieve, this season and beyond. We welcome Thomas to the Club.’