Ashley Cole has returned to Chelsea, joining former teammate Frank Lampard’s staff to coach the club’s Under-15s.
The former Blues’ left back announced his retirement in August and revealed he had ambitions to move into coaching. After bringing an illustrious career to an end, he will start the next chapter at the club where he enjoyed his most successful playing days.
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Their transfer ban has meant that they’ve had to put their faith in youth and so far it seems to working, opening the door to player progression and a footballing philosophy that could progress through the age groups.
Cole already has a clear idea of how to develop the Under-15s, adding: “We’ll let them play, develop and solve problems themselves but we want to improve their tactical understanding as well so that in a year or two, they’ll be ahead of young players at other academies because they have that in their brains already.”