Browns Boost Blues In Brittany

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July 18, 2019

Two years after visiting darkest France in Périgord to catch a glimpse of Chelsea’s young players in an exhibition game against FC Bergerac Perigord, I’ve been immersed into French Brittany to follow the progress of Chelsea’s U23 team. First, it’s important to emphasis that the sarcastic jibe of “loan army” is growing increasingly inaccurate and, instead, the spotlight i on the work being done at academy level for a few…

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Andy Myers and Ed Brand take on new Academy roles

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July 14, 2019

Chelsea have named Andy Myers and Ed Brand as their Development Squad and Under-18 Head Coaches respectively for the forthcoming season in the latest reshuffle of academy personnel following Frank Lampard’s appointment as First Team Head Coach. Lampard named Joe Edwards among his backroom team last week, reuniting him with fellow academy graduate Jody Morris, creating a vacancy at Under-23 level after two years in charge. Myers, who this summer…

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Introducing The Chelsea Academy Class of 2019

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July 1, 2019

It’s trendy for people, inside academy football or otherwise, to be bullish about the quality of talent in their junior ranks. With every passing season it seems there are five or six new ‘golden generations’ at clubs up and down the country, anointing the ‘next ones’ before the previous gems have even left their teenage years. It’s understandable to an extent; the promise of tomorrow is naturally exciting, the discovery…

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A Frank Discussion

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June 30, 2019

Frank Lampard will be announced as Chelsea’s new manager this week. The decision to hire the 41 year-old is as radical as any made by Roman Abramovich since his purchase of the club in 2003, and has already caused quite some consternation in an already divided fan base in the short-term as to the appropriateness of the move, while also creating an intriguing dynamic for the months and hopefully years…

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The Academy Decade: Former Blues Far And Wide

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June 22, 2019

As we enter the last six months of the footballing decade, we’re presented with the opportunity to reflect upon the work done by Chelsea at academy level between 2010 and 2019. In the first of several pieces that will both look back and take a peek at the future, we’ll focus on the numerous Cobham graduates who have flown the nest and made a name for themselves elsewhere. For, while…

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Sporting Directors: A Reality Cech

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June 9, 2019

With the imminent arrival of club legend Petr Cech in what we expect to be a Sporting Director role, I felt compelled to write something about it. The good, the bad and, most importantly, to dispel any misconceptions about what the role entails. It is worth noting that clubs big and small have adopted the role across continental Europe, although the concept still seems foreign to most fans, teams and…

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The Loan Report: May 20-27

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May 27, 2019

In the last Loan Report of the 2018-19 season, we look back on a Chelsea-filled day at Wembley Stadium where Aston Villa and Derby went head-to-head for a place in the Premier League, and we round up the last few goals and appearances from around Europe at the end of a record-breaking campaign. Headliners Frank Lampard. Jody Morris. Chris Jones. Mason Mount. Fikayo Tomori. Ashley Cole. John Terry. Tammy Abraham….

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The Loan Report: May 13-19

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May 19, 2019

We’re almost there, but not quite. The penultimate Loan Report of the season takes a look back at a dramatic week of playoff football in England, and ties up the loose ends from around the rest of Europe, with many of Chelsea’s loan army still having something to play for. Headliners We have to start at Elland Road though. Leeds and Derby have lost little blood in a season marred…

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The Loan Report: May 6-12

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May 12, 2019

Despite half of the loan army already being on their summer holidays, there’s still plenty to report on from the guys still out there this season, and a lot of it came from players who might have hopes of impacting the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge next season. Headliners The first goal went to Tammy Abraham on Saturday afternoon in Aston Villa’s big promotion playoff Semi Final first leg at…

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Academy Season Review: Under-18s

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May 11, 2019

When beginning to evaluate Chelsea’s 2018-19 Under-18 season, there are a few things to address up front. The first of those is that success is not guaranteed. Simply because Chelsea won back-to-back league titles, four consecutive regional crowns and a record five FA Youth Cups in a row does not mean they will win silverware for ever more. It’s a central part of the academy’s manifesto for success, sure, but…

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