Chelsea are set to sack Frank Lampard as their manager later today and former Paris Saint Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is expected to take over as his replacement.
According to the Athletic, things went sour between Lampard and the Chelsea hierarchy behind the scenes and the former midfielder is set to pay the price for that.
The report adds that Lampard’s relationship with the Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia had deteriorated and he was barely involved in transfers.
Apparently, Petr Cech was involved in talking to the players’ agents regarding transfers.
In terms of performances, Chelsea have been mediocre this season under Lampard’s management and he failed to get the best out of his big-money signings after spending more than £200 million in the summer.
The likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have been a shadow of their former selves and it will be interesting to see if Tuchel can get the best out of them now.
The 47-year-old German is a more attacking manager and he might be able to utilise the skillsets of the Chelsea attackers better.
Both Borussia Dortmund and PSG played impressive attacking football under his management and Chelsea fans will be hoping for the same when he takes over.
The Blues will be hoping to qualify for Champions League football this season and they are currently ninth in the Premier League table.
Tuchel will be expected to improve them immediately and guide them to Champions League qualification this season. He guided PSG to consecutive league titles and helped them reach the finals of the Champions League last season.
It remains to be seen if he can fit in with the Chelsea hierarchy now. Tuchel is often regarded as a difficult character and he did manage to fall out with the board at PSG and Dortmund.
Whatever happens please do not take it out on Thomas Tuchel. He is a top manager!
— CFCDaily (@CFCDaily) January 25, 2021
Frank Lampard will be fired by Chelsea today.
Thomas Tuchel will be the next manager of Chelsea Football Club.
Gutted in all honesty. pic.twitter.com/P37VznIATN
— Uber Chelsea FC 🏆 (@UberCheIseaFC) January 25, 2021
I’m as big a Frank fan as anyone, but he is not a top manager. I would have liked to have seen him stay on as an Assistant, but I know that’s difficult. I rate Tuchel and hope our shape and organisation (particularly in defensive transitions) begins to improve.
— Richard Whiting (@RichWhiting) January 25, 2021
Sad day. Truth is he got the job too early. I hope he learns a lot from this, I believe he will make a good manager because he has the right mentality.
— Windy Miller (@gavphotography) January 25, 2021
— Chelsea Blues (@CheIseaBIues) January 25, 2021
Heartbreaking if it’s true…😭
— Adam Knights (@AdamKnights04) January 25, 2021