Chelsea are set to repeat a move by Frank Lampard that paves the way for Cobham’s excellence – Daniel Childs
It was a pleasant surprise on Boxing Day to read the news that John Terry is set for a return to Chelsea in early 2022.
Since July, the club icon has been out of work after deciding to step down from the assistant manager position he held at Aston Villa under Dean Smith.
“It has always been my ambition to grow in football management, and if the right opportunity presents itself I feel ready to take on such a challenge,” Terry said in a statement after leaving.
For months after that, Terry had been waiting for a head coach position at a championship-level club.
But this news, detailed in an article by athleticism, reveals that Terry will return to Chelsea for the first time in five years to become an academy assistant.
The article also reports that former teammate Petr Cech, now Chelsea technical and performance adviser, as well as technical loan officer Carlo Cudicini and academy director Neil Bath helped make the comeback possible.
Even though it is believed that this new role in the academy will be part-time, having a figure of Terry’s knowledge and aura inside the club can only be positive.
In particular, it will help to train in the coming months for young players.
With all this knowledge of the club’s culture, the expectations placed on them as Chelsea players and a defensive spirit few have ever possessed, it’s clear why the fans are excited.
Frank Lampard also helped coach Chelsea’s youth teams when he got his coaching badges several years ago.
Lampard at the time helped Jody Morris, who was the Under-18 manager. Lampard would then take Morris with him as Derby assistant before returning to Stamford Bridge to fill the senior dugout in 2019.
It seems highly unlikely that history will repeat itself with Terry. Given the coach’s strength in Thomas Tuchel and the bizarre occurrence of a transfer ban, forging a unique set of circumstances that led to Lampard’s appointment.
Terry will also join one of his teammates in Ashley Cole, who is an academy coach at Cobham, as the presence of legends remains strong within the club structure.
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While strong coaching skills remain vital, there is something to be said for sustaining the club’s history and passing the knowledge on to the next generation of players.
Terry, Lampard, Cole and Cech have all worked in different non-playing roles since leaving to help continue the incredible legacy. Players helped lay the foundation for Roman Abramovich‘s first decade of ownership.
Terry’s return can hopefully inspire some of Cobham’s graduates as the Chelsea legend gains more coaching experience before taking the desired step into management at a high level.
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