With Adi Viveash vacating the post of coach of Chelsea development squad, former Chelsea schoolboy Joe Edwards will be the new manager of the team.
The 30-year-old has spent the past 22 years being associated with the Chelsea Academy. He started out as a schoolboy player signed as an Under-8, before working with numerous age groups as a highly-rated coach since 2004.
After taking the job as Under-18s manager in the summer of 2014, Edwards secured back-to-back Youth Cup triumphs as well as guiding the young Blues to Under-18 Premier League south section championships in both campaigns. He was also part of the backroom staff that won the Youth Cup in 2012 and 2014.
He has been involved in the development of some Chelsea youngsters like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham.
Edwards spent last season working as loan player technical coach, overseeing and mentoring a number of our young players out on loan. He has also worked as part of the England Under-18 coaching staff and will travel with Neil Dewsnip’s side to the Toulon Tournament later this month, aiming to help the young Three Lions defend the crown they won last year.
Neil Bath, head of youth development at Chelsea, told the official Chelsea website: “For a number of years we have had success not just with developing players but with coach development as well and Joe has been a big part of that succession planning.
“As a player and a coach, Joe has been part of the Academy family for over 20 years and has played a significant part in not only our trophy wins but in creating and developing a culture that is crucial to sustained success.
“His year working with the loans department and the FA, as well as study visits to other sports clubs across the world, have given him new experiences which are vital for his own professional development and the evolution of our youth development programme moving forward.”
Jody Morris will continue in his role as head coach of the Under-18 age group next season, who have been extremely successful so far.