Thomas Tuchel will replace Frank Lampard, whose sacking at Chelsea will be confirmed later on Monday.
The Daily Telegraph broke the Lampard news on Monday morning, with several other outlets following suit.
Lampard had managed to guide Chelsea back to winning ways on Sunday in the cup against Luton. But it has been their league form which has concerned Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia at Stamford Bridge.
TEAMtalk understands the decision was made after Leicester game. The former Derby boss was given a chance after 3-1 defeat to Man City, but defeat to Leicester was the final straw. Lampard’s axing will become official later on Monday.
Granovskaia has been working on his replacement since then and we understand the same agents who brokered deals for Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have done a deal for Tuchel.
Julian Nagelsmann, Tuchel and Max Allegri have all been linked with the post.
TEAMtalk understands Tuchel though will be appointed Lampard’s successor.
The Athletic, Guardian, Telegraph and Sky all report the similar. It’s understood Chelsea hope that German coach Tuchel, 47, can get the best from expensive summer signings Havertz and Werner.
The German Tuchel is currently out of work, having recently been axed by Paris Saint-Germain. Indeed, The Guardian recently claimed the Blues have been alerted to Tuchel’s apparent interest in succeeding Lampard.
According to Christian Falk of SportBild, Chelsea made initial contact with the entourages of Massimiliano Allegri and Tuchel earlier this month.
Tuchel lost his job at Paris Saint-Germain at Christmas, just four months after taking them to the Champions League final.
Tuchel joined the club at the beginning of the 2018-19 season. He won back-to-back league titles as well as the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue in 2020.
Chelsea meanwhile have slipped to ninth in the Premier League. They are now five points short of Liverpool in fourth after five defeats in eight games.