The worst kept secret at Chelsea is finally made official
Chelsea has (finally) announced this morning that Petr Čech has returned to the club after being appointed as ‘Technical and Performance Advisor’.
The legendary goalkeeper – who retired from playing at the end of last season – has been strongly linked with returning to SW6 in a technical/coaching capacity for the last couple of months and that was confirmed today.
As a Technical and Performance Advisor, Petr’s job ‘will be to provide advice on all football and performance matters throughout the club as well as embed and facilitate strong links between our men’s and academy teams, ensuring that the various support departments are working effectively.’
Petr will be based at Cobham and will work closely with Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia. His role will also align him with the men’s first team coaching and backroom staff, travelling with the team home and away with an emphasis on strategy and performance.
Upon being confirmed in his new role, Petr is happy to be back and Chelsea and can’t wait to help the club move forward in the future.
“I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to join Chelsea again and help create the best possible high level performance environment to continue the success the club has had over the past 15 years. I’m looking forward to the new challenge and hope I can use all of my football knowledge and experience to help the team achieve even more success in the future.”
Granovskaia also had a few words for Cech’s return, where she (& the club) “always hoped” for him to come back.
“We are delighted to welcome Petr back home to Chelsea. During his playing career here he was one of the most dedicated, successful and thoughtful professionals we have ever had. We always hoped that when Petr was ready to retire we would see him back at Chelsea FC and we are thrilled to add his expertise and knowledge of the game to the technical staff.”
In his glittering Stamford Bridge playing career where he made 494 appearances for the club, Cech won 13 major trophies, including four Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.
He retired last month representing Arsenal as they lost 4-1 to Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League Final in Baku, Azerbaijan. Despite ending his playing career on a sad note, he will always be remembered by supporters around the world as the greatest goalkeeper to ever play for Chelsea and by fans of football in general as one of the greatest in the history of this sport.
We’ve needed someone in a ‘technical director’ role ever since Michael Emenalo left the club back in 2017. And to be honest, the fans have made it well known that they feel that there has been a disconnection between the board and the first-team/academy from a footballing perspective.
Whilst Cech may not be a ‘director’ so to speak, his new role at the club will most definitely fill a good proportion of all the duties and responsibilities that are tasked with a ‘Sporting Director’/’Director of Football’.
Create strong links between the men’s team and the academy? Check.
Provide advice from a footballing perspective to the board? Check.
Help with providing a long-term strategy for the club? Check.
The appointment spells (hopefully) a new direction for the club. The board now has someone employed within the club with a high level of footballing intelligence. Maybe this appointment will help a certain Frank Lampard too.
Despite having no experience in this role – which seems to be becoming the norm at other big clubs around Europe right now – Cech is an intelligent man and I’m sure will get comfortable within the job in little to no time and excel at it too.
He also has one thing that not many in the game today have, which is a huge bonus for him… The trust of both Marina and club owner Roman Abramovich.
We’ve patiently waited for Cech to be confirmed in his new role and now it is official.
Welcome home, Big Pete.