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Chelsea development squad manager Adi Viveash, has said goodbye to the club he has called home for almost a decade, after nine successful years of working in the Chelsea academy.

Viveash joined the club in the 2008/09 season and has worked with all ages from Under-12s upwards. He coached the Under-18s to three consecutive FA Youth Cup finals, triumphing in 2012 and 2014, before taking over Chelsea’s Under-21 side which has since evolved into the development squad.

He led the Chelsea U19s to the UEFA Youth League for two campaigns and with only one defeat in 20 games in the competition over two years, Chelsea lifted the trophy in 2015 and successfully defended it the following year.

Eight players from those UEFA Youth League squads have made Chelsea first team debuts and numerous others European and English Football League debuts.

Viveash has been a huge part of Chelsea’s dominance in the youth setup and Technical director Michael Emenalo said this about him in the official Chelsea website: “Adi’s progression through the Academy and the success of the teams he has managed clearly show the quality of his work with Chelsea. We are immensely proud of the club’s record in the FA Youth Cup and Adi played a very important part in maintaining that. In the new area of European competition at Academy level, the back-to-back triumphs of our Under-19 sides was an outstanding achievement. We wish Adi all the best for the next stage of his career.”

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