Chelsea have confirmed the return of Petr Cech to Stamford Bridge as technical director.
The 37-year-old shot blocker spent more than a decade with the Blues, capturing 13 major trophies, including four Premier titles and the Champions League.
The former Czech Republic international’s new job is to replace Michael Emenalo. Emenalo left his job as technical director in November 2017 to join Monaco. The club have been without a “sporting director” since.
Cech recently retired from professional football. He last played for Arsenal. Chelsea defeated the Gunners 4-1 in the Europa League Final in Baku last month. The game was Cech’s last professional match.
Among the many functions that Cech will be undertaking at Stamford Bridge is to advise the club on the appointment of a new manager. Maurizio Sarri recently inked a 3 year deal with Serie A’s Juventus after a turbulent yet fruitful season with Chelsea. Among the names that cropped up is Frank Lampard. Cech will take part in the recruitment process. He will also bridge the gap between the big bosses and the manager.
The move was part of the club’s decision to overhaul its staff this summer. Cech was reportedly at Stamford Bridge with Marina Granovskaia. Granovskaia is the club’s director and chief negotiator, who has taken over Emenalo’s function.
Cech’s return to Chelsea sparked the rumour of Lampard’s own return to his old club. Chelsea have been open to bringing back their golden generation. Aside from Lampard and Cech, the Blues have been keen in bringing back Claude Makelele and Didier Drogba. Makelele’s duties include looking after the loanees and loan group.
If the former midfielder takes the managerial job, Jody Morris is also believed to follow him to Chelsea as his assistant.
Supporters are enthusiastic about the news of having Cech as part of the club again. They are also excited at having their legends together again and working for the Blues.