Thomas Tuchel is to become the coach of the English Premier League club Chelsea.
The 47-year-old will therefore replace Frank Lampard (42), from whom the club separated on Monday afternoon.
The former Bundesliga coach Tuchel was last employed at Paris Saint-Germain, his contract in the French capital was terminated before Christmas.
The Blues had reached the round of 16 of the FA Cup on Sunday - but rarely convinced under Lampard in recent weeks.
"It was a very difficult decision," said Chelsea.
“We are grateful to Frank for what he achieved during his time as head coach.
But the latest results and performances did not meet the club's expectations. "
Club legend Lampard had a contract until 2022. “There is never a good time to part with a club legend like Frank,” it said, “but after much deliberation it was decided that a change was necessary.” First, the “Telegraph “Reported the separation.
Chelsea instructed its professionals on Monday not to appear on the training grounds in Cobham until the afternoon.
"Basic agreement with Tuchel"
In recent weeks, the British media said that the former coach of FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund was the top favorite for the successor after his involuntary departure from PSG.
On Monday, the Sky Sports broadcaster reported that the 47-year-old's obligation was almost dry.
The "Bild" wrote of a "fundamental agreement", but the signature is still missing.
Chelsea initially did not want to comment on a successor to Lampard.
The blues had been down for weeks.
The German additions Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who were brought to London as part of a multi-million dollar transfer offensive in the summer, have so far only rarely shown their undisputed qualities.
In the Premier League, the ambitious Londoners had dropped to ninth place and are already eleven points behind leaders Manchester United.
Lampard has been under pressure since the 3-1 loss to Manchester City in early January, in which the Blues had almost no chance.
In the past, too, the Chelsea bosses were never squeamish when it came to dismissing a coach.
Even master-makers like José Mourinho and Antonio Conte experienced this.
And Lampard, who has been in office for 19 months, had no success as a coach at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel's contract in Paris was terminated
Tuchel had led PSG to the final of the Champions League in the preseason, but lost there to FC Bayern.
The track record under the German was not enough for the very wealthy owners from Qatar.
They ended the collaboration before the contract expired at the end of June this year.
Before the cup game on Sunday, Lampard had made a defiant statement.
"I'm a fighter first and foremost!" He said before the game against Luton.
“That's how I managed to make a career as a player.
When I quit (as a professional) I could have simply worked in the media or withdrew from football entirely. "
Chelsea striker Werner had cautiously commented on the coaching debate on the Clubhouse audio app on Sunday.
“I don't know if a new coach is coming.
I am also not entitled to say: “It has to go or a new one has to be found”. ”It worked with Lampard too.
“In the last few games we played pretty cautiously forward.
If that changes again, we will win again. "