Chelsea approached two other German coaches in the form of Ralf Rangnick and RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann before the deal was struck for Thomas Tuchel, according to The Athletic.
The Blues have officially sacked Frank Lampard, less than 24 hours after a convincing 3-1 over Luton Town in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel is reportedly ready to take over the job, with Sky Germany (via Sky Sports) claiming the appointment will be announced today.
Interestingly, The Athletic claims Chelsea approached two alternative options – Rangnick and Nagelsmann – before deciding to hire Tuchel.
The report said former Leipzig manager Rangnick a four-month interim job last week by Chelsea but turned it down.
The Blues also made several calls to sound out Rangnick’s successor at Leipzig, Nagelsmann — who is unlikely to leave the club until the end of the season according to an earlier report from Sky Sports.
You could see why Chelsea couldn’t wait until the end of the season to have more options available.
The statement from the club’s official website said: “After lengthy deliberation and consideration it was decided a change is needed now to give the club time to improve performances and results this season.”
It is clear that Chelsea see an immediate managerial change is needed to save the season.
Chelsea currently sit ninth in the Premier League, with only a five-point gap to the top four spots — which is far from being unreachable.