If you’ve been paying attention over the past couple weeks, Chelsea’s official confirmation of Lampard’s (rather small) coaching staff today should not come as a surprise.
After all, Lampard himself confirmed that he’s bringing with him assistant Jody Morris and first-team coach Chris Jones, both ex-Chelsea, from Derby County, and promoting Joe Edwards from the Chelsea U23 team as well Eddie Newton from the loan department. That’s a fairly small contingent on assistants and coaches, especially when compared to the last managers. The Edwards and Newton moves also leave vacancies that will need to be filled and those should be confirmed soon, too.
Joining that Chelsea quartet is former goalkeeper Henrique Hilário, who joined Chelsea in 2006, retired from playing in 2014, and immediately transitioned into a coaching role with the team. He learned on the job from the likes of Christophe Lollichon (who was shifted into a different role in 2016), Gianluca Spinelli (Conte’s goalkeeper coach), Massimo Nenci (Sarri’s goalkeeper coach), and now looks to be taking the reins himself — and has cut his classic flowing locks to an all-business haircut, even. Congrats, Hilário!
Ahead of our first pre-season game, meet Frank Lampard’s backroom staff who will be assisting him at Stamford Bridge this season!— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 10, 2019
Plenty of familiar faces...