Chelsea have opted for Thomas Tuchel to replace Frank Lampard – but only after two German managers rejected their advances.
Tuchel, who was sacked by Paris Saint-German last month, has been identified as the new Blues boss following the news that Lampard will be sacked on Monday.
The struggling Londoners have lost five out of their last eight Premier League games to leave them ninth in the top flight and five points off the top four; a miserable run of form which has ultimately cost Lampard his job.
Soon after news of Lampard’s sacking came to surface on Monday, Tuchel immediately emerged as the favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge.
But, according to The Athletic, the 47-year-old was not the club’s first-choice.
In fact, is has been claimed that former RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick was offered the interim job last week for four months, a deal which would see him through until the end of the season.
However, the negotiations with Nagelsmann ‘hit a brick wall’ and Chelsea ultimately fast-tracked their talks with Tuchel.
Tuchel only became available a month ago when he left PSG, less than five months after taking them to the Champions League final, which they lost to Bayern Munich.
The 47-year-old German won back-to-back league titles with PSG, but that was not enough to satisfy the club’s ambitious owners who replaced him with Mauricio Pochettino.
Prior to PSG, Tuchel impressed at Borussia Dortmund, having started his managerial career with Augsburg and then Mainz.
L ampard signed a three-year deal in the summer of 2019 and in spite of a transfer ban, led them to the FA Cup final and a fourth-place finish in his first managerial campaign at Stamford Bridge.
With cash to spend ahead of this season, the arrivals of Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have failed to translate into improved results and they are ninth in the Premier League at the halfway point.
The Blues have lost six times already in the division, with five of them during their last eight matches, and are 11 points off current leaders Manchester United.