Official announcement of appointment expected ‘soon

Chelsea are set to finalise the return of Petr Čech to Stamford Bridge in a technical director role.

The legendary goalkeeper – who officially retired last week – will ‘assume some of the responsibilities’ once held by former technical director Michael Emenalo, who has not been formally replaced by Chelsea since resigning in November 2017.

Chelsea hope that Cech’s return will ‘bring more coherence to a decision-making structure that has appeared disjointed at times’ since Emenalo’s departure, as well as ‘reassuring disillusioned fans about the club’s broader direction’.

Talks of a return to the blue side of London were first revealed back in April, but it seems that out of respect for their former goalkeeper, Chelsea were prepared to wait until the season had ended before stepping up their efforts to bring him back to the club.

Cech’s appointment will see Chelsea finally fill the technical director role that has been left unassigned since the departure of Michael Emenalo (Photo – The Times)

Like Emenalo before him, Cech will have to grow quickly into his new role, as Chelsea look to attempt to address certain issues they currently face. Some of these issues include a lack of vision, being slow to adapting to a modern-day approach for planning for the future, and implementing a long-term project, something that is well overdue at the club.

‘Big Pete’ played the last game of his professional career last week, as Arsenal lost to Chelsea 4-1 in the UEFA Europa League Final in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Cech made 494 appearances for Chelsea, winning 13 major trophies in 11 years, including four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League. He also holds the record for most clean sheets kept in a single Premier League season (24), set with Chelsea in their title-winning 2004-05 campaign.

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