Chelsea’s Under-21 squad, the coming season’s successor to the reserve team set-up, begin their pre-season programme of fixtures this weekend with a new assistant coach on board.
Joining Dermot Drummy in running this level at the club will be Andy Myers, the former defender who made 106 appearances for Chelsea in the 1990s and has been working in the Academy, most recently as Under-15 coach. ‘I am very happy we have got Andy as an assistant Under-21 coach,’ Drummy tells the official Chelsea website.
‘For me it is a breath of fresh air – an ex-player with a young, challenging mind and we work really well together.
‘The boys are looking forward to working with him, he is a great lad and previously I have worked with Steve Bould at Arsenal and Eddie Newton at Chelsea and both are now first team coaches at those clubs. I might be lucky but who knows where Andy will be in five or six years’ time.
‘He certainly has the potential, the humility and the desire to learn the coaching structure. Youth development isn’t something you can just come in and do as an ex-player, but it is great that players are prepared to come in and start off at the younger ages in the Academy and work their way up.’