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Petr Cech set to return to Chelsea as new sporting director — report

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BIG PETE!

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Almost immediately after Petr Cech announced his retirement earlier this year, the rumors of a return to Chelsea in a non-playing capacity began. Those rumors returned not too long ago, and with a bit more detail, adding that Cech’s position would entail “elements” of Michael Emenalo’s old role as technical director.

Now, Sky Sports are going with the title “sporting director”, with the appointment to follow shortly after Cech retires at the end of the month. Incidentally, Cech’s last game will be against Chelsea in the Europa League final for Arsenal — assuming he starts, that is.

Sky’s report does not have any additional details as to what Cech’s exact role may entail. Last month’s report, from the Telegraph was equally vague, though it did specify that the role would be “newly created” rather than a direct replacement for Michael Emenalo, who left almost two seasons ago, but has still not been replaced. His responsibilities had been mostly taken over by director Marina Granovskaia, while some of her previous (administrative) responsibilities were then given to new CEO Guy Laurance, who was hired at the start of the last calendar year.

Presumably, Cech’s involvement will be very much on the football side of the sporting/technical director role, which will probably be a welcome addition to the board room, despite his limited experience.

Come on home, Big Pete! (But only after losing to Chelsea in the final; no hard feelings.)

P.S.: With Lampard rumored to come in as head coach at some point in the near future, Terry presumably joining as assistant, Joe Cole already here as youth coach, Ashley Cole exploring similar options, plus Drogba (and others) already working for the club as ambassadors, we could really be getting the band back together soon.