Host of legends returning to SW6 to replace coaches hired by Maurizio Sarri as part of major shake-up at the club

Barring any shock of a collapse in negotiations between Chelsea, Derby County and the man himself, Frank Lampard will be the next manager of Chelsea Football Club.

With the official approach coming from Chelsea to Derby for Lampard’s services expected to come this week… It’s a matter of when and not if now.

With the anticipated return of arguably the greatest player to ever play for the club in a managerial role being days away now, a change in manager will not be the only change we will see in the backroom staff.

Expect a MASSIVE overhaul.

As of writing, the current management team/coaching staff setup at Chelsea looks like this:

Highly expected that the majority, if not all of the backroom staff highlighted in this photo will be departing the club over the summer (Photo – chelseafc.com)

• Club Director – Marina Granovskaia
• Head Coach/Manager – Vacant
• Assistant Coaches – Gianfranco Zola, Luca Gotti & Carlo Cudicini
• Second Assistant Coach – Marco Ianni
• Goalkeeper Coaches – Massimo Necni & Henrique Hilário
• Fitness Coach – Paolo Bertelli
• Assistant Fitness Coaches – Davide Ranzato & Davide Losi
• Scout – Gianni Picchioni
• Head of International Scouting – Scott McLachlan
• Medical Director – Paco Biosca
• Loan Technical Coaches – Eddie Newton, Paulo Ferreira & Tore Andre Flo
• Academy Goalkeeping Co-ordinator – Christophe Lollichon
• Head of Youth Development – Neil Bath
• Development Squad Managaer – Joe Edwards
• Youth/Academy Coaches – Andy Myers (U23 Assistant), Ed Brand (U18 Manager), Jon Harley (U18 Assistant) & Joe Cole

With Maurizio Sarri departing last weekend to become Juventus’ new manager, Lampard’s imminent arrival means Chelsea are set to clear the decks, with Sarri’s ENTIRE coaching staff – who all signed one-year contracts – set to be released over the next couple of weeks.

The first to leave is Gianfranco Zola, who was brought in last summer by the Blues to assist Sarri. With his contract expiring in a matter of days, it is believed that Zola was offered a role as a club ambassador, but the Italian has chosen to continue coaching.

Gianfranco Zola will leave his role of Assistant Manager when his contract expires at the end of the month (Photo – Guardian)

Fellow assistant coach Luca Gotti is expected to go with Sarri to Turin and Carlo Cudicini, who became part of the the first-team staff when Antonio Conte arrived three years ago, may return to his ambassadorial role at the club.

With at least two of the three coaches mentioned expected to depart, this leaves a couple of positions open for Lampard to fill. First up (& widely expected is Jody Morris, his number two at Derby County. Just like Lampard, Morris will another ex-Chelsea player returning to the club.

The difference for Morris however is that he was already establishing himself to be a well-respected coach within the Chelsea academy, coaching the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Mason Mount on a daily basis for four seasons before becoming Lampard’s assistant at Derby County.

Jody Morris expected to return to Chelsea as Assistant Manager of the first-team, having being previously been a successful Academy Coach (Photo – Getty Images)

And there could be a promotion to the first-team coaching set-up for Joe Edwards, who is currently development squad officer and is highly rated within the club.

Edwards, who worked closely with Morris when they both coached in the Chelsea academy, has long since been identified as a rising star by head of youth development Neil Bath. He is considered one of the best coaches working at the club and viewed as someone who is destined to work with the first team sooner or later.

Fitness coach Paolo Bertelli, who also worked under Antonio Conte at Chelsea, is also wanted by Sarri at Juventus. This could lead to a potential return for Chris Jones, where he previously spent twelve seasons at the club and worked closely with Lampard during his playing career at Stamford Bridge.

With all of Sarri’s staff that was brought in last summer expected to leave, the Blues face having to hand Lampard’s team better contracts than Sarri’s staff were on as he is likely to insist that his ‘inner circle’ are handed deals that run for the same length as his, which is expected to be three years (till summer 2022).

With the likes of Morris and Jones being insisted on by Lampard to join him back at Stamford Bridge, he’ll also want to bring Steve Rands too, who is currently ‘head of analysis’ at Derby, having been brought in by Lampard from Manchester City at the start of the season.

Along with current goalkeeper coach Massimo Nenci expected to continue to work alongside Sarri at Juventus, that role could be filled by Shay Given. Given’s appointment is not certain however as that will depend on the situation at Chelsea as Hilario is one of the few coaches expected to be kept on, while Christophe Lollichon took on the title of head of the goalkeeping department three years ago.

Petr Čech is another legend returning to Stamford Bridge, with him expected to have a Sporting Director role, working between the first-team and the board (Photo – Guardian)

Lollichon was goalkeeping coach to Petr Čech, who is returning in a technical role (rumoured to be sporting director) to work between the first team and the board, and the Frenchman also knows Lampard well from his playing days at Stamford Bridge.

Claude Makélélé, who recently left his managerial role at Belgian side K.A.S. Eupen, is also reportedly set to return to Chelsea to help take charge of the loan players. This could lead to Eddie Newton, Paulo Ferreira and Tore Andre Flo remaining in the same roles or for them to be redeployed elsewhere within the club.

Didier Drogba is also potentially in line to land a role as striker coach following reported talks with Lampard earlier over the weekend. However, there will be no room for John Terry, the current assistant manager at newly promoted Aston Villa, in the new set-up.

Further changes could be made with another former blue in Michael Ballack being linked with a return by the German media. Ballack is currently studying for his UEFA B Licence with the Football Association of Wales (FAW), with ‘Little Kaiser’ still enjoying a positive relationship with everyone at Chelsea.

Big changes, multiple fresh additions. A Chelsea overhaul that has long been planned by club director Marina Granovskaia, who has been keen to refresh things at the club. Maybe the club is finally waking up and realising that long-term planning and projects (which is paying dividends at both Man City and Liverpool respectively) is the way forward…

All the expected changes are part of a long-term plan by Club Director Marina Granovskaia (Photo – Yahoo)

With all of the expected changes within the backroom staff to happen over the next couple of weeks at the very latest, here’s what the new coaching team will be for next season and going forward for the next couple of seasons:

(Bold = new names, roles and/or promotions within the current staff setup)

• Club Director – Marina Granovskaia
Technical & Performance Advisor Petr Čech (CONFIRMED)
• Manager – Frank Lampard
• Assistant Coaches – Jody Morris & Joe Edwards
• Assistant (Technical) Coach – Didier Drogba
• Goalkeeper Coaches – Shay Given & Henrique Hilário
• Fitness Coach (or Medical Director) – Chris Jones
Head of AnalysisSteve Rands (Replacing Gianni Picchioni’s scouting role)
Unassigned technical role Michael Ballack
• Scouting – ???
Loan Technical DirectorClaude Makélélé
• Loan Technical Coaches – Eddie Newton, Paulo Ferreira & Tore Andre Flo
• Academy Goalkeeping Co-ordinator – Christophe Lollichon
• Head of Youth Development – Neil Bath
• Development Squad Managaer – ???
• Youth/Academy Coaches – Andy Myers (U23 Assistant), Ed Brand (U18 Manager), Jon Harley (U18 Assistant) & Joe Cole (Ashley Cole potentially as well?)
• Ambassador – Carlo Cudicini

Former greats, legends and other notable names coming back to help the new guard by installing the mentality (& success hopefully too) of the old?

Avengers, assemble…

Terry Sazio

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