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It’s a normal scenario for young players to leave the club on loan to get experience, but coaches loan is not too common in football.
However, young coaches going out on loan is now being introduced to the game with Chelsea U18 assistant coach James Simmons set to leave the club on loan.
Simmonds will spend at least the first half of next season working at AFC Wimbledon, the club has confirmed.
The 33-year-old has been with the U18 for the past two seasons, having previously worked with same group of players at U15 and U16 levels.
Andy Myers had done a similar thing a few years ago, as he spent the 2016-17 season with Vitesse before returning to continue his progression with the Blues — where he’d then take up the U23 assistant, U18 head coach, and, for the last two seasons, the U23 Development Squad head coaching roles.
Speaking about the loan program, Wimbledon head coach Mark Robinson said: “When I made a presentation to Chelsea about us loaning their best young professionals I also mentioned the possibility of us bringing in their best young coaches and giving them first-team experience.
“I was really pleased with how it worked with Justin Cochrane from the England set-up last season. We benefitted from his coaching ideas and general love of the game and I know he benefitted from the experience he gained with us. It will be exactly the same with James, who has been coaching with Chelsea for 10 years. He is a top-quality coach, who has a wonderful enthusiasm about him and will come to us with fresh eyes, which is healthy when you are continually evolving your working environment and building a culture.”