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Joe Edwards is part of Frank Lampard’s coaching crew, and the 32-year-old’s progress from coaching the junior team to the senior team is a huge one. For Edwards, it’s a case of slow and steady growth.
Joe Edwards, who has most recently been our development squad coach, will also act as assistant coach to Lampard.
Edwards has been a lifelong Chelsea fan, although he never made it through from the academy. But he has been a successful manager with the junior teams.
Edwards has revealed that he’s excited to be among Frank Lampard’s coaching crew.
“It’s a special achievement for me, not just in my career but in my life as well,” he said. “I have such a strong affiliation with this club, from being a Chelsea fan around the age of five to then joining as a player at eight. Pretty much since I was a kid, I’ve been aspiring to get to the first team, firstly as a player and then as a coach.
“It’s been a long journey with some fantastic experiences and I’m fully aware of what an amazing opportunity it is to be able to take my first step into senior football at such a special club, a club I class as my home, and such a huge club. I’m just looking forward to getting on with the job now.”
Edwards took over Adi Viveash as the Blues’ Development Squad head coach in 2017 and is no stranger to the Chelsea academy set-up, having come through it as a youngster at schoolboy level, before joining the coaching staff in 2004.