The greatest goalkeeper in the club’s history is coming home

In news that has just broke this Friday evening, it appears that Chelsea will be offering a technical role to legendary goalkeeper Petr Čech this summer.

Cech, who will be retiring from playing at the end of the season, appears to be tempted back by the club as part of a ‘summer shake-up’, by trying to win round fans who have become disillusioned with how the club has been run in recent years and how far we’ve falling behind the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

The record-breaking Czech International, who spent 11 successful years at Chelsea, will be coming back to Stamford Bridge with a job what looks to be part of a new technical set-up that is being put into place.

The Blues are yet to replace ex-technical director Michael Emenalo, since his resignation in November 2017, and Cech could be asked to take on elements of the job he left behind as part of a newly-created role.

Although Chelsea could still qualify for next season’s Champions League, through finishing in the top four or winning the Europa League, there is recognition they have fallen too far behind City and Liverpool.

Ex-Technical Director Michael Emenalo, alongside Chairman Bruce Buck and Executive Director Marina Granovskaia in 2017 (Photo Source – Independent)

The club have been accused of suffering an identity crisis since losing the likes of Cech, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole and officials have been shocked by the chanting against Sarri and empty Stamford Bridge seats this season.

Cech’s proposed return would be seen as a positive step by the majority of Chelsea fans and give them encouragement that the club are moving to try to protect the spirit of the most successful era in their history.

The 36-year-old enjoyed a close relationship with owner Roman Abramovich, who always listened to his opinion on the dressing-room and different managers when Cech was a player.

Petr Cech celebrating with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in 2010 (Photo Source – The Times)

Director Marina Granovskaia took on many of Emenalo’s old duties after his departure, but it has always been the intention to redistribute some of the workload once the right people could be found and Cech’s playing retirement will come at exactly the right time.

Here’s hoping this is the first sign of the board finally acknowledging their faults in recent memory and are working on trying to rectify all the issues the club currently face.

Time to start being optimistic of our future? Let’s hope so. Fingers crossed.

Terry Sazio

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