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Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris has departed the club to join Frank Lampard following his appointment as manager of Championship club, Derby County.

Morris has a long history with Chelsea and was a graduate of our academy system, and as a player, he made over 170 appearances for Chelsea before returning as a coach in 2013 where he worked with the U21s and spent the last four years as the coach of the U18s to huge success.

Head of Chelsea Youth Development, Neil Bath has wished Morris well in his new job as he said: “Jody has done a fantastic job, not just in terms of the silverware the Under-18s have won in recent years but with the way in which he has added to the culture and environment that is so important to us at the Academy. This contributes to the all-round development of so many young footballers at the club.

“Although we’re naturally disappointed to be losing Jody as one of our academy coaches, we’re also delighted for him to be joining Frank and wish them every success at Derby.”

Chelsea have also wished him well as a club as the club released a statement: “Chelsea Football Club wishes to thank Jody for his contribution to the Academy’s success in recent years. We wish him and Frank all the best in their new challenge at Derby.”

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