Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel in profile
Thomas Tuchel may give his Chelsea players some strict rules to follow, according to reports. The German is poised to sack Frank Lampard, who was sacked by Roman Abramovich early on Monday morning. And the Blues are hopeful he can turn their season around, with the club sitting ninth in the Premier League table at present.
Chelsea confirmed the sacking of Lampard on Monday, with the axe crashing down less than 24 hours after a 3-1 FA Cup win over Luton Town.
And they’re now poised to bring Tuchel in.
The German has forged a fine reputation for himself at both Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, with Chelsea convinced he can bring the good times back to Stamford Bridge.
And the Guardian list several rules he’s enforced at his former clubs – rules that Chelsea players could be forced to follow once his move to the club is officially confirmed.
It’s claimed the 47-year-old has previously banned the use of surnames.
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This, it can be assumed, is to encourage players to get to know each other at a personal level – as well as at a footballing one.
Tuchel insists players look into each other’s eyes while saying good morning.
And it’s claimed the German has an ‘obsession’ with good manners and punctuality, holding no punches should someone opt against falling in line.
How Chelsea react to those sort of rules remains to be seen. If history is anything to go by, it could be quite an intriguing experiment.
Blues players didn’t like Jose Mourinho for his strictness, something that contributed to both of his sackings in 2007 and 2015.
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And they didn’t like the hard approaches of Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte either, with both Italians lasting a combined total of three years at the helm.
Meanwhile, Lampard has released a statement in the wake of his sacking – thanking the club and expressing his disappointment that things didn’t work out right.
The statement 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.”
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich also released a statement explaining his decision to sack Lampard, who he thanked for all his hard work.
“This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” said the Russian billionaire.
“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics.
“However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.
“I would like to thank Frank for his work as head coach and wish him every success in the future.
“He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished.”
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