It has been 15 days since Maurizio Sarri vacated the Chelsea managerial seat and 5 days since Derby County officially permitted Chelsea to hold talks with Lampard to succeed Sarri but as of June 30, Chelsea remain managerless. Perhaps Monday, July 1 will finally see things in motion with the Nike deal finally kicking in?!
At least we have big Pete back at the Bridge taking over a very important role as a Technical Advisor to the club and bringing his vast footballing experience over the years to share his ideas with the chief decision makers at the club. Petr Cech, speaking to the Czech News Agency (České Noviny), reveals the various offers he received to continue his playing career, how it would be strange to just watch the players train without himself taking part in the sessions and not letting go of such a big opportunity offered by Chelsea. More importantly, he sheds some light on his role at the club.
”My job description is to look at the first team, the academy, the transfer policy, the training data. Everything hides under performance. The range is wide, occupying all the disciplines that belong to football. My job is to report and especially bring ideas I know that I have a lot of work to do, but I am looking forward to seeing that I have already worked in the club.
“When I decide I want something to work in some way, I have to go to the club management first to allow it. It’s right, I’m new to the role. But I have enough possibilities to influence the club, which is a big responsibility and I like it for it.”
Cech’s first job back at Chelsea is to help the club choose an able successor to Sarri. While Lampard’s arrival is a matter of when and not if, Cech is not one to give away more than what he would like to, showing the diplomatic quality needed for the role.
With the transfer ban upon Chelsea and Hazard departing to Madrid, building a squad for next season will be a tough task and has to be done in-house by diving into the returning loan army in search of some proven and some hidden gems. Injuries to some of our key players, too, have been a dampner. Cech and the board members have their work cut out.
“The first thing is to choose a coach, it will affect the next job. The coach will have his ideas. We will collect a coach for the following season. The club will probably have a ban on transfers, we will have to take from our sources. The idea is that I will be with the first team to have the opportunity to watch the development of the preparations, and we will also have a tour in Japan, where we will play with Barcelona
I am one of the people that the coach has to choose from [to communicate]. I could consult all the candidates with the leadership, they know my ideas. The club has identified some of the coaches they are dealing with. The situation is open, Frank is one of the candidates. the first team will start the preparation, by that time we would like to solve the coach’s question.”
- Petr Cech; source: České Noviny
Here’s hoping for Chelsea to have a coach installed before the start of the pre-season. We can do it!