Players move on from clubs every year, and this is no different at Chelsea. Every year first teamersand promising youngsters alike move on from the club. Many of us have a "Oh Well, best of luck wherever you're going" attitude about the departure, but how have they done since they've left? Most of us know about the players who leave for the big clubs, but what about the once-starlets who have been let go? I'll attempt to answer that. The following players have been released or transfered out of the club in the 2003/2004 season, when Roman took over.
2003/2004 Albert Ferrer: Ferrer retired from the club after a lengthy spell as a right back. Went into broadcasting and eventually became the manager of Vitesse Arnhem before being fired after one season.
2003/2004 Gianfranco Zola: The club legend left in the summer of 2003 on a free to Catania in Italy. In Italy, Gianfranco kept banging in goals despite his advancing age. Scoring 24 goals in 74 appearances. After retiring in 2005 Zola was appointed the assistant coach of Italy U-21 side, leading them to the quarterfinals in the 2008 Olympics. As I'm sure many of you remember he was then given the West Ham job, playing attractive football and integrating youth players very well before being sacked to due a 17th place finish and bad relationships within the club.
2003/2004 Jody Morris: Morris served for 8 years at Chelsea as a center mid. And while he was never necessarilyfirst choice, he was a great depth player. He was released by Chelsea after turning down a new five year deal. Morris then toiled around at Leeds United and Rotherham United never able to pin down any sort of reoccurring role. He then joined Millwall for three years before injuries derailed his progress with the club, he was released in June 2007 after playing in 65 league games. Morris then tried to land a place at Charlton Athletic and Brentford, failing at both before inking a new deal at St. Johnstone. He's been a tremendous influence at Johnstone, becoming a team regular and a leader. He still plays at St. Johnstone today.
2003/2004 Graeme Le Saux: Similar to Zola, Le Saux left the club to go to Southampton in an exchange deal for Wayne Bridge. He played at Southampton for two years before retiring. After retirement, Le Saux did a lot of work for the BBC before joining ABN AMRO bank as an ambassador for their sports desk. Le Saux wrote an autobiography in 2007 called Left Field- A footballer apart.
2003/2004 Ed de Goey: Goal Keeper De Goey left the club in 2003 after recording an impressive 123 games played in the league. He left on a free to Stoke City where he played 56 league games over a three year span. After retiring in 2006, De Goey worked as a goalkeeper coach for a half season at Queens Park Rangers before being fired, he hasn't done anything in that field since.
For the sake of length that's all I'm going to do in this post, 2004/2005 season coming soon.