Former Blues midfielder Joe Cole has recently expressed a strong interest in rejoining the club in a coaching role once he finally hangs up his boots. The 36-year-old played at Chelsea between 2003 and 2010 before joining Liverpool on a free transfer. Nowadays, he plies his trade in the United Soccer League (in America) as captain of the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
“One day I would like to be part of the coaching staff, in what capacity I don’t know. But when you’re part of a club like this, you don’t want to let it go. Hopefully it will be a lifetime relationship.”
-Joe Cole; source: Evening Standard
Cole wore the Chelsea shirt in over 275 games, scoring 39 goals and 42 assists in the process. During his time here, he won every domestic trophy there is, including 3 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, and 2 League Cups, contributing immensely to Chelsea's back-to-back titles in 2004-05 and 2005-06, in particular.
Of course, Cole does mention that this may only happen 'one day', but, as a summer of rebuilding looms, we just might see a few iconic club figures (Lampard, Terry, Ballack, Drogba, etc.) return sooner rather than later, especially with regards to the vacant Director of Football position. Cole had already commented on a potential return to Stamford Bridge back in March, so it seems like it’s a definite long-term aim for his post-playing career.
Joey was one of the players I adored the most when he was here, so I would be absolutely delighted to have him back at the club. He would also bring a huge amount of experience and love for the club with him, as would most of the rest of the “Old Guard”, which could prove rather useful as Chelsea search to reestablish some sort of identity and leadership.
I'd like to conclude with my all time favourite goal of his, the famous effort against Manchester United, that surely made everyone who watched it happen live lose their minds. What a goal! What a player! ...what a coach?
Come home, Joe!