Tuesday 10 June 2014
After guiding his side to success in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League, Chelsea's Dermot Drummy has agreed to take on a new challenge at the helm of the club's international coaching department.
"This new role will be a great challenge and I look forward to working and teaching in a new environment"
Under Drummy's stewardship the west London club mounted a late run to finish the regular season on top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League before overcoming Manchester City in the semi-finals and then winning the final against the defending champions Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Blues, who also won the 2014 FA Youth Cup, will defend their Under-21 title next season under Adi Viveash, who will step up from management of the Under-18 team, who in turn will be managed by Joe Edwards, the Under-16s coach last season.
Viveash had been in charge of Chelsea's Under-18s since July 2011, lifting the FA Youth Cup twice, while Edwards, a former Chelsea schoolboy, had also been assisting the youth team and has been a part of the academy coaching staff since 2004.
“Dermot joined us seven years ago, initially as Under-16 coach looking after the 12-to-16-year-olds and was promoted to youth coach before becoming Under-21s coach," Neil Bath, Chelsea's head of youth development, said. "In that time not only has he helped win the FA Youth Cup and the Under-21 title, he has worked extremely hard for the academy to add to the technical development of our players.
"In recent months we have discussed the next challenge in Dermot's career development and we were only too pleased for him to make the move at this time and take his career forward. In his place, I have the utmost confidence that Adi and Joe will be successful in their new roles, and I look forward to another exciting season for the academy."
Dummy's new position has been created by the club to support specific aspects of Chelsea's growing number of overseas partnerships and will draw on his expertise and many years of coaching experience. The ultimate aim is to expand the knowledge and experience of all coaches from the Chelsea Foundation through to the club's soccer schools and elite partners such as Guangzhou R&F in China, which is one of 10 Chelsea soccer schools in Asia committed to the development of football at grassroots level.
Chelsea Foundation-trained and certified coaches deliver coaching programmes for a wide range of ages at these schools, providing local youngsters with top-level coaching in first-class environments, and in some cases on specially built Astroturf Blue Pitches, all year round. The Soccer Schools also offer community development projects which are the cornerstone of the programme.
In the United States, Chelsea are affiliated with a highly developed network of youth soccer clubs, known as "Super Clubs", which have up to 10,000 paying members per club and have a 12-month schedule of training, playing and social activities. Their partnership with Chelsea allows these Super Clubs, such as Baltimore Bays and Sereno Soccer Club, to access the Blues' coaching curriculum, send teams to their training ground in Cobham and utilise Chelsea's coaches.
"Dermot's experience and knowledge of the game, and the club, will be an important asset in supporting and developing our global coaching programmes"
Drummy's addition to the international programme aims to ensure its continued expansion of and engagement with the wider grassroots football community, a goal the Chelsea Foundation coaching staff have worked hard to achieve.
"I've had a great seven years," Drummy told Chelsea's website. "I'm really happy with what I've done and I've worked with some fantastic staff and young players. I've also worked with managers like Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, and it's been a brilliant learning curve.
"I hope I can now carry that work on for others. I like working with people and it's something I like to think comes naturally to me. This new role will be a great challenge and I look forward to working and teaching in a new environment."
Drummy has been in charge of Chelsea's Under-21s since 2011, having previously spent two years as youth team coach and guiding them to victory in the FA Youth Cup for the first time in 49 years.
He joined Chelsea from Arsenal, and helped Paul Clement, the coach who recently assisted Ancelotti in winning the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, on the Under-18s' run to the FA Youth Cup final in the same season.
"I am delighted Dermot has taken this decision," Ian Woodroffe, Chelsea's international development manager, said. "I am sure his experience and knowledge of the game, and the club, will be an important asset in supporting and developing our global coaching programmes.
"It is an exciting time as we continue to develop and expand into new territories and Dermot's appointment into this role shows how serious Chelsea is about football development around the world."