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BREAKING: Chelsea appoint Thomas Tuchel as coach

Chelsea FC has announced the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as replacement for sacked Frank Lampard, who was removed on Tuesday following a string of bad runs in the EPL.

A statement on the website of the club said Tuchel has signed an 18-month contract with the possibility of an extension.

He said: ‘I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff.

‘We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea.

“At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!’

Director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘It is never easy to change Head Coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel.

“There is still much to play for and much to achieve, this season and beyond. We welcome Thomas to the Club.”

Tuchel will take his first training session this evening and will be in the dugout for tomorrow’s Premier League game against Wolves.

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