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Chelsea legend Ashley Cole played at the top level for many years for Arsenal and Chelsea.
The 38-year-old has returned to the club and is currently assisting the club’s U15 side and is part of a group of ex Chelsea players who are back at the club to help.
Cole who own 8 major trophies with Chelsea is currently working as the club’s Under-15 Academy coach and he has revealed how he will take coaching skills from three of his previous managers, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
“Everyone has their own philosophy but you also have to take ideas that you like from different coaches,” he told the official Chelsea website.
“The first thing I learned on my coaching badges was that every coach is a thief!
“I want to take parts of Jose Mourinho in terms of how organised he was, Carlo Ancelotti for his man-management and how he would give players faith to go out and express themselves within his system and Arsene Wenger, who was definitely a great man-manager and put a lot of trust in young players to find things out for themselves and learn quickly from mistakes. It’s about being adaptable.”
Cole has revealed that working with the academy side has helped him in his coaching skills as he works on his badges.
He said: “I’m also doing my badges at the moment and so being here at Chelsea means I have the chance to coach every day, whereas maybe if I wasn’t working at a club it would be hard for me to get the hours in. I’m learning not just how to be a coach and how to speak to people in a different environment but the side of coaching that you don’t see like planning the sessions and setting up the equipment.
“As a player, you just turn up for a session and do it. If it’s a possession drill, you just arrive and try to keep the ball but now I’m getting to understand that there are always ideas behind a particular session or practice. Organisation has to be key and those are the little details that it takes to be a great coach.”