Claude Makelele’s Chelsea return
Is the band getting back together at Stamford Bridge?
It’s not been the best of summers so far for Chelsea, following their Europa League final success over Arsenal.
Eden Hazard left the Blues for Real Madrid, while the club need a new manager after Maurizio Sarri joined Juventus.
On Tuesday, however, both Goal.com and the Evening Standard report that Claude Makelele is set to return to Chelsea.
Makelele, the French World Cup winner, played for Chelsea from 2003 until 2008.
During his time at Chelsea, he won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups.
On Makelele’s return to Chelsea, Goal.com report:
Claude Makelele will be given a prominent coaching post with the loan group at Chelsea as part of Petr Cech’s return to Stamford Bridge to take on a role similar to that of a technical director.
Makelele has recently left his managerial job at KAS Eupen.
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) June 18, 2019
Chelsea’s 2019-20 staff: Who else could be there?
The front-runner for the Chelsea job is current Derby County boss Frank Lampard.
Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer.
Should Lampard return to Stamford Bridge, Jody Morris, who has been working as Lampard’s number two at Derby, is expected to sign on too.
And the Evening Standard also consider which other ex-Chelsea players could be working at the club next season:
The Blues also have a number of other ex-players on the staff including Joe Cole, Tore Andre Flo, Paulo Ferreira, Eddie Newton and Carlo Cudicini.
One Chelsea legend who isn’t expected to be at the club next season is Gianfranco Zola.
Zola, who was Sarri’s number two, is expected to leave the Blues this summer.
Chelsea set to appoint Claude Makelele as major backroom reshuffle continues
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) June 18, 2019
John Terry’s commitment to Aston Villa
The Evening Standard have also addressed rumours linking Aston Villa coach John Terry with potentially becoming Frank Lampard’s successor at Derby County.
According to the news outlet, that’s unlikely to happen:
John Terry, who is currently employed as an assistant manager at Aston Villa, has been mentioned as a possible candidate (for Derby County) but it is understood such a move is unlikely at this stage.
The former England international is currently focusing and preparing to help Aston Villa on their return to the Premier League.