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Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea contract details emerge with players set for first meeting


Thomas Tuchel is set to meet Chelsea players for the first time, according to reports. The German is jetting into London ahead of his move to Stamford Bridge. And he’s expected to be officially announced as the club’s replacement for Frank Lampard today.

Chelsea opted to sack Lampard on Monday, bringing an end to the former midfielder’s 19-month spell in charge.

They announced their decision in a gracious statement posted to their official website and, now, Tuchel is poised to take over.

The German has been out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in December but, according to The Athletic, is now primed to jet in to the capital.

It’s claimed he’ll enter the club with three staff members, with COVID-19 tests and work permits already sorted.

Tuchel is going to sign an 18-month contract at the club, plus a one-year option that both parties can take up if all goes well.

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And whether Tuchel is able to succeed where his predecessor failed is ultimately something only time will tell.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s decision to part ways with Lampard has been criticised by former Tottenham, Southampton and Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp.

“It’s very disappointing to hear the news this morning,” he told talkSPORT.

“On the back of a good result, beating Luton in the FA Cup, I thought they’d give him a bit of time.

“I thought [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer was sure to go, no way he was going to survive, but Manchester United gave him a bit of time and suddenly they have a little run and turn it around.

“Everybody goes through bad spells; Jurgen Klopp is going through one now at Liverpool, Mikel Arteta is going through one at Arsenal as well.

“People need time. Losing four or five games doesn’t suddenly make you a bad manager! Surely you’ve got to have more faith in people rather than giving them that knee-jerk reaction.

“When you look at the players, people say he’s spent all this money, did he bring the players in? Did he bring the Germans in? Management is so different now, managers aren’t always responsible for signing players.

“The recruitment for me in the summer, all the money they spent, I don’t think they spent it well. I’ve not been impressed with the players they’ve brought in apart from Thiago Silva who they brought in on a free transfer, the rest of them there are big question marks over.

“The two German players have been massive disappointments, massive. I’m not even sure Timo Werner is cut out for Premier League football, the physical side is too much for him.

“I doubt very much whether Frank had a big say in over who came in.

“If they were worried about his lack of experience, maybe they should have brought someone in with a bit more experience around him. You need people around you when things are not going well, and he didn’t have that.

“The bottom line is you need time. You’re going to have your ups and downs.

“Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t have survived at Man Utd [nowadays]; he survived by the skin of his teeth, the board looked like they were going to sack him after 18 months or two years at Old Trafford when he hadn’t won anything, but he then went on for many, many years and was arguably the greatest manager we’ve ever had.

“You need time, and unfortunately at Chelsea it’s a club where they don’t seem to give you time.”





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