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After seven years at the club, longtime Chelsea coach Eddie Newton has joined Trabzonspor.
Newton is a Chelsea academy graduate and featured for the club in 214 appearances in all competitions for the Blues. In 2012, he returned to Stamford Bridge as part of Roberto Di Matteo’s coaching historic Champions League winning team. He has remained in the club helping in one capacity or the other and was also part of Frank Lampard’s coaching crew.
On his departure from the Chelsea job, Newton wrote an emotional farewell message: “Today I’m writing this message with mixed emotions, I’m leaving Chelsea for a new venture which leaves me in a state of sadness and excitement.
“Sadness because I’m leaving the club where I have lived most of my life, you have taught me how to become a player, a coach and a man.
“I would like to thank everyone at Chelsea the board, all the staff for your support in helping me develop over the years, also to the players and fans you have all become my second family to me and I will never forget all the great memories that we have created and shared together.
“However I have been offered a fantastic opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. Opportunities like this come very rarely and I feel it’s time that I test myself in another environment.
“Excited because of my new venture in Turkey with Trabzonspor, this is truly a club with intelligent ambition to build the club structures, not only for the immediate future but beyond, this is an exciting time for Trabzonspor.”