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Trio of coaches accompany Mourinho to Stamford Bridge

Warren Little

There have been some changes in the backroom staff following the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager. The Special One has brought along Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais to Stamford Bridge, and for all but Morais it's their second spell at the club. Steve Holland, Chris Jones and Christophe Lollichon are all holdovers from the previous regime(s).

That Lollichon is still around to serve as Petr Cech's personal coach is interesting, considering that Louro has been brought on -- Chelsea will have two goalkeeping coaches next season, which is an unusual arrangement. Otherwise, things are pretty standard. Faria's a fitness coach whose work I'm nowhere near qualified to comment on, and Morais is the man who replaced former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas as Mourinho's head of opponent scouting, and if his work is anything like the calibre of Villas-Boas when he was in charge of that particular operation, we have a good one on our hands.

None of these moves are a surprise, but I'm glad everything's been sorted out early. Hopefully everyone will be settled in for a strong preseason and then we can precede to happily demolish the rest of the league next season. Next up: Transfer business.

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