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THOMAS TUCHEL will replace Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss after the Stamford Bridge legend was SACKED.

And that could have big ramifications on the transfer front, with a move for Declan Rice potentially now off the agenda.

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  • Josh Graham

    GOLDEN TUCH

    Thomas Tuchel's imminent appointment at Chelsea will mean facing up to old PSG pal Edinson Cavani – a player he tipped for success at Manchester United.

    If the German is to launch a tilt at the Premier League title, overcoming Cavani's Red Devils will be vital.

    The coach said in October: "[United] have got a great personality.

    "With many of the biggest players of the game, it's the same with Edi. Very polite, almost a bit shy. Hard, hard worker.

    "He will be there in every training [session], first minute until last minute. Every game from first second until last second, you can totally rely on him.

    "He's living for goals, living for scoring. When he scores, when he has the confidence, he's one of the [best] number nines in world football.

    "Hopefully he will show [that], he can start to convince all of you. I have no doubt about that."

  • Josh Graham

    THOMAS THE TINK ENGINE

    Thomas Tuchel is expected to be in the dugout when Chelsea face Wolves tomorrow evening.

    The German will replace Frank Lampard as Blues boss on an initial 18-month contract and could make wholesale changes to get his new side firing again.

    He faces a tricky test with Nuno Espirito Santo taking his men to Stamford Bridge for a 6pm kick-off on Wednesday.

    But after flying to London and taking his first training session, Tuchel may have some plans for how he plans to reverse the downturn in form and go about trying to win the Premier League.

  • Josh Graham

    LAMP SUM

    Frank Lampard will reportedly be paid just six months' severance pay after his Chelsea sacking.

    The Blues axed the club legend on Monday just 18 months after announcing he had signed a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge – and the West Londoners will have to cough up around £2million as a result.

    Frank Lampard is set to only receive six months pay after being axed by ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    But the deal was actually two years with the option of an additional year, according to the Telegraph.

    And as Chelsea were yet to trigger the extension they are only liable for the remaining six months after letting him go.

    The Blues announced Lampard's appointment in July 2019 and he is said to have been earning around £4m-a-year.

  • Josh Graham

    RUD AWAKENING

    Incoming Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is set to give Antonio Rudiger a fresh start at Stamford Bridge.

    Rudiger lost his place to Kurt Zouma under Frank Lampard but with his compatriot due to be announced as Lamps' replacement, the centre-back could have his Blues career revived.

    And according to Get French Football it is set to be within a 3-4-3 system with N'Golo Kante playing a pivotal defensive role.

    Chelsea had great success playing three at the back under Antonio Conte and Thiago Silva was captain under Tuchel at PSG and is likely to be one of the first names on the team-sheet.

    However his lack of pace could mean Tuchel may bring two centre-backs alongside him including outcast Rudiger.

    Tuchel's biggest challenge is to get Timo Werner firing and Kai Havertz finding his form.

     

  • Josh Graham

    FEELING BLUE

    Chelsea pair Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta 'clashed on more than one occasion', according to reports.

    Frank Lampard's sacking yesterday has thrown open details of what went on behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.

    But it was at the Cobham training ground where the experienced defenders are thought to have gone at it.

    According to The Telegraph, tensions had risen between players under Lampard's leadership and it spilled into incidents as club-captain Azpilicueta tried to restore the peace.

    Frustrations allegedly manifested when Rudiger – outcast by Lampard for much of the season and dropped to fifth-choice centre-back – was handed back-to-back Premier League starts at Fulham and Leicester.

    The Telegraph report also adds some of Chelsea's young players complained of poor treatment from grumpy older team-mates sidelined by the academy graduates.

    There were said to be accusations of favouritism towards the players brought through the youth ranks at the club.

  • Josh Graham

    SEALED WITH A KISS

    Chelsea bid farewell to Frank Lampard in a classy post.

    The Blues issued a 246-word statement including rare direct quotes from owner Roman Abramovich.

    Lampard was wished well for the future, thanked for his efforts and welcomed back at Stamford Bridge – an unlikely hat-trick for departing Blues bosses.

  • Josh Graham

    POR BLOKE

    Jose Mourinho said Frank Lampard's sacking is part of the 'brutality of modern football'.

    Chelsea axed Lampard on Monday after 18 months in charge and his old Blues boss Mourinho expressed sympathy and called him 'an important person in my career'.

    Jose Mourinho sympathised with his trusted ex-player Frank LampardCredit: Getty – Contributor

    Speaking after Tottenham's FA Cup win at Wycombe, Mourinho said: "I am always sad when a colleague loses his job.

    "Frank is not just a colleague, he is an important person in my career, so I feel sorry.

    "But it is the brutality of football, especially modern football.

    "So when you become a manager you know that sooner or later it is going to happen to you."

  • Josh Graham

    MORRIS BREAKS SILENCE

    Sacked Chelsea No2 Jody Morris broke his silence after leaving the club alongside boss Frank Lampard.

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    A post shared by Jody Morris (@morriskid)

    On Instagram, he wrote: "It’s hurt twice previously that I’ve had to leave this great club, but it’s been on my terms and both times it was done with the bigger picture for myself and my family in mind…yesterday was tough to take on all levels.

    "I’ve always felt lucky to be able to say I’ve played for the team I’ve supported since I was a young boy growing up on north end road..
    I am also immensely proud to say I’ve been stood next to our gaffa @franklampard who has worked tirelessly to improve the players and the culture every single day..

    "Us as your staff couldn’t ask for a better leader!! There has never been a bunch in that dugout that cared more inside Stamford Bridge!!

    "I’m even prouder of the work that has gone on day in day out at Cobham in what has been the toughest period anybody has had to face in charge …

    "Thank you so much to the fans for the support I’ve had personally throughout..I am one of you…

    "Thank you to Mr Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia for allowing me to fulfil one of my dreams…Chelsea is and always will be my club no matter what."

  • Josh Graham

    TUCH YOUR TIME

    Thomas Tuchel is set to be handed an 18-month contract at Chelsea.

    The former PSG boss is set to replace sacked club legend Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge TODAY.

    And The Athletic reports he will given a one-and-a-half-year deal with an option for both parties to extend by a further 12 months.

    Tuchel was brutally axed by PSG on Christmas Eve before former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino took over.

  • Josh Graham

    TUCH DOWN

    Thomas Tuchel is set to jet into London TODAY ahead of becoming Chelsea's new boss.

    The Athletic reports the German will lead the Blues' training session this afternoon.

    Thomas Tuchel is flying into London todayCredit: PA:Press Association

    He will reportedly arrive with three members of staff.

    And work permits and negative Covid tests have all been sorted ahead of a new era beginning at Cobham.

    Chelsea brass hope to have new man Tuchel on the bench for the game against Wolves on Wednesday.

  • Josh Graham

    TUCH AND GO

    Thomas Tuchel will be sacked by Chelsea within 18 months to two years, according to Gary Neville.

    The German is set to be appointed as the Blues' new manager, following the sacking of club icon Frank Lampard yesterday.

    Thomas Tuchel will also be axed by Chelsea, claims Gary NevilleCredit: PA:Press Association

    Tuchel, 47, arrives with an impressive pedigree, having managed Paris Saint-Germain to last year's Champions League final.

    But Sky Sports pundit Neville said: "It's Chelsea, and that's what Chelsea do. Frank is not a victim of his poor performance as a manager.

    "He's just someone who's been exposed to Chelsea's model of releasing and employing managers every 12 to 18 months if things don't go as well as they want. That's a pretty high standard that they live to.

    "I don't worry for Frank. I'm sure he'll go on to have a great managerial career as I feel he handled himself fantastically well in that job. It's a tough job and he's done well at it.

    "Tuchel will be exposed to exactly the same rules as Frank. We'll be talking about him being let go in the next 18 months to two years, I'm pretty sure of that."

  • Josh Graham

    ARD JOURNEY AHEAD

    Frank Lampard reportedly has no desire to give up his career in management after being sacked by Chelsea.

    The Telegraph reports Lampard is determined to prove himself as a successful Premier League manager.

    Although as wife Christine is pregnant with the couple's second child together – he is unlikely to seek an immediate return to the sideline.

    Lampard started his managerial career with Derby County before replacing Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.

  • Josh Graham

    CHRIST ALIVE

    Christian Pulisic bid farewell to boss Frank Lampard with a touching post on Instagram.

    The American wideman – who often struggled for form under Lamps – wrote: "Can’t thank you enough for the trust you’ve put in me.

    "Will never forget these last 18 months.

    "I wish you all the best."

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    A post shared by Christian (@cmpulisic)

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea sensationally sacked manager Frank Lampard on Monday morning, less than 24 hours after the 3-1 FA Cup win against Luton.

    Lampard was summoned to Stamford Bridge by Roman Abramovich and given his marching orders as training at Cobham was scrapped.

    Thomas Tuchel is now expected to become the next Chelsea gaffer following his PSG exit last month.

    The German will sign an 18-month deal with the option of an extra year.

    And SunSport can exclusively reveal Tuchel will be expected to challenge for the title this season despite the Blues being 11 points off top.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea supporters group We Are The Shed told SunSport they have demanded that the ‘In Frank We Trust’ banner remains in place at Stamford Bridge.

    The group raised over £1,000 to have it made and also claim that there would be protests at Lampard’s sacking if not for coronavirus protocols.

    His axing feels like a ‘slap in the face’ and they add that Chelsea fans have never felt so adrift from the club.

    Lampard himself released a statement on Monday evening expressing his thanks to fans for their support.

    He said: “It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long.

    “I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months. I hope they know what that means to me.

    “I wish the team and the club every success for the future.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY ANDY DILLON

    Thomas Tuchel will become Chelsea’s new boss under orders to make them title contenders THIS season.

    Chelsea are ninth in the table, five points adrift of the top four and 11 behind leaders Manchester United.

    Former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel is under pressure from Blues owner Roman Abramovich to produce an immediate revival and catch up with United.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY JORDAN DAVIES

    Chelsea supporters group We Are The Shed have demanded that the ‘In Frank We Trust’ banner remains in place at Stamford Bridge.

    They raised over £1,000 to have it made and also claim that there would be protests at Lampard’s sacking if not for coronavirus protocols.

    His axing feels like a ‘slap in the face’ and they add that Chelsea fans have never felt so adrift from the club.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TUCH OF CLASS

    Thomas Tuchel could be putting out a fearsome starting XI next season if Chelsea land some of their top targets.

    Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland and RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano are just two players reported to be on the shopping list.

    And Tuchel could also use his connections to sign one or two former players from PSG.

    Here's how Chelsea could look next term with Tuchel at the helm…

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Chelsea are looking to confirm Thomas Tuchel as soon as possible, even though he is subject to Covid quarantine rules.

    However, if Tuchel gives two negative samples, one before leaving Germany and another before entering the Chelsea bubble, he will be allowed to work inside the bubble at training and games.

    And when he’s not at training or matches, Tuchel will have to be in quarantine for five days.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BREAKING

    Frank Lampard has spoken for the first time since being axed by Chelsea.

    A statement released via the League Managers Association read: “It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long.

    "Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months. I hope they know what that means to me.

    "When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club.

    "I am proud of the achievements that we made, and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well. They are the future of the club.

    "I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level.

    "I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenging times.

    "I wish the team and the club every success for the future.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Prem chiefs believe they are winning the Covid battle after reporting the first clear testing round this season.

    The latest two sets of samples saw eight positive cases out of 2,518 tests of players and club staff.

    But all eight positives came from the first testing round between January 18 and 24.

    And the second set, conducted between Friday and Sunday and seeing 1,112 players and staff giving samples, brought the clear round.

    That compares with last week’s tally of 16 positives, 36 the previous week and a record 40 across the week straddling January 1.

    Prem bosses brought in a series of enhanced Covid protocols and measures on January 7, which has had a major impact.

    The last previous clear round had been from the final set of tests of Project Restart at the end of July.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ED HUNTER

    Joe Edwards took charge of Chelsea training on Monday following Frank Lampard's sacking.

    The first-team coach has been a mainstay at Cobham after managing Chelsea's youth teams.

    And it appears Edwards will be staying put under incoming gaffer Thomas Tuchel.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BRU-WOAH

    No player has been involved in more Premier League goals during the last year than Bruno Fernandes.

    The Man Utd star has contributed to a stunning 45 goals in his first year at Old Trafford.

    That puts him ahead of Spurs' Harry Kane, Liverpool's Mo Salah and Man City's Kevin De Bruyne.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TUCH AND GO

    Thomas Tuchel could make a signing or two for new club Chelsea before the winter window closes.

    And he will certainly dip into the transfer market in preparation for the 2011/22 campaign.

    Here are Tuchel’s five most likely signings, according to Betfair:

    • Declan Rice – 5/1
    • Idrissa Gueye – 10/1
    • Marco Verratti – 10/1
    • Marcel Sabitzer – 16/1
    • Eric Choupo-Moting – 20/1

    FRANKLY SPEAKING

    Thiago Silva had some warm words for Frank Lampard following the tactician's Chelsea exit on Monday.

    The veteran defender was lured to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer from PSG after lengthy talks with Lamps over the summer.

    Silva, who was a mainstay in the Englishman's team, tweeted: "I would like to thank you for everything you and your committee have done for me since the day I arrived.

    “As I told you, it seemed like we had been working together for ten years! 

    “Thank you very much for everything legend.”

    SILVA SURFER

    Thiago Silva could be in for an awkward encounter with Thomas Tuchel after calling his PSG sacking last month 'predictable'.

    Silva told RMC Sport: “It’s difficult but it was predictable that this was going to happen.

    “Not now, but being inside, we knew there were situations that had to be changed.

    “In my opinion, [sporting director] Leonardo took the situation in hand, he made his choice.

    “We do not know if it was good, it was not at all for Tuchel and his staff. This change was not planned at this time.”

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