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Gianfranco Zola has joined Maurizio Sarri‘s backroom staff and will work as assistant coach to the Italian manager at Chelsea.

The club has confirmed the appointment today, while Chelsea are traveling to Australia ahead of their friendly match against Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Monday.

Zola, who scored 80 goals with the Blues, told Chelsea’s official website: “For me it is an amazing thing. I am very willing to work hard because it is going to be a difficult challenge but I am pleased to be here, and to work hard with Maurizio to be successful”.

“It would be great to be successful with Maurizio and for the club and I will give my best, as I did in the past as a player, so I will give my best in my new position”.

“I am very much looking forward to the challenge in general. I would love us to start well and we are all very excited to start this new adventure”.

Chelsea will reportedly appoint also Luca Gotti as No2 coach at the club, with Massimo Nenci as goalkeeper coach. Paolo Bertelli may stay on following Antonio Conte’s departure, as well as Carlo Cudicini.  The club has yet to confirm the Sarri’s backroom staff in full.

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Chelsea high-rated academy coach Jody Morris has left the Blues to become Frank Lampard’s assistant at Derby County.

The 39-year-old recently won a FA Youth Cup with Chelsea U18 and today it was confirmed he will work aside of Super Frank at the Rams.

“The team around you is hugely important. It’s not just about me as the manager. Everyone will have a part to play on the staff and Jody is the first part of that. I am delighted to have him on board,” Lampard said.

“Jody has been hugely successful with Chelsea’s youth team and he has won everything there is to win in the last few years.

“He is great at developing young players and that is something we are really going to look to do here.”

During his spell with Chelsea’s academy Morris helped the Blues win the FA Youth Cup, the Under-18 Premier League southern title and the national league title.

Last season they retained all three trophies and added the Premier League Under-18 Cup to their haul.

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Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland is set to join England National Team as assistant manager on a full-time basis, as Football Association confirmed today.

Antonio Conte’s assistant coach will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season and, when asked about the role he’s going to cover, told the club’s official website: “It is the ultimate honour to be asked to work with your national team into a World Cup campaign”.

“My immediate focus is on continuing to support Antonio and the Chelsea team, and doing everything possible to finish the season with success”.

Then he added: “The summer will be the time to look forward to an exciting future with Gareth and England and to reflect on the best eight years of my life at Chelsea. For now the next game is Bournemouth”.

Current Chelsea captain John Terry is rumored to be Antonio Conte’s main target in order to become the new assistant coach next season, according to Sky Sport in Italy

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Former Chelsea assistant manager Paul Clement has said that working under Carlo Ancelotti helped him prepare for management.

The 43-year old recently took charge at Championship side Derby, replacing the sacked Steve McClaren.

Clement worked under Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid, and has said that the 55-year old was the man who taught him how to be a manager – and that it was an “honour” to work with the Italian.

“He [Ancelotti] is a great man who gave me a lot of belief I could do this job.

“I can’t wait to get started. This is a fantastic opportunity.”

The former PE teacher worked in the Chelsea academy set-up in the late 1990’s, before working under Guus Hiddink and Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge. But, despite having no experience as a manager, Clement says he is ready for the challenge.

“It is a big step but one I am excited about, one I think I have the skills to deliver; I wouldn’t have done it otherwise,” Clement added. “I have had a burning ambition to be a head coach for a long time.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an assistant; I worked at some fantastic clubs with some great players. But over the years I thought I would like the opportunity to be a head coach.”

Clement said he did speak to other clubs, but was impressed by what the Rams, who narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season, had to offer.

“Derby really did interest me,” he said.

“It’s a club with tradition, with a very strong supporter base and infrastructure and having spoken to [chairman] Mel Morris and [chief executive] Sam Rush and seen their vision for moving this club forward, I am excited to be a part of it.” 


Willian's goal in the first half is enough for Chelsea to gain their first three points in Europa League group stage. The Brazilian scored thanks to an assist provided by Ross Barkley....