Eddie Newton is set to be promoted as coach of the first team as soon as Frank Lampard steps in as Chelsea’s manager.
Newton played as a midfielder for the club and joined as assistant to Roberto Di Matteo. He was responsible for watching over the club’s players who are out on loan. According to reports, the incoming head coach has high regards for the former Chelsea player following his time working with him during the 2012 Champions League success.
Aside from Newton, Jody Morris and Chris Jones are set to arrive at Stamford Bridge as Lampard’s assistant coaches. Both were with Lampard at Derby County, where they steered the club to the play-off final. Shay Given was also being swayed by Lampard to join him but the Irishman is still weighing up his options.
Lampard, who is making a comeback to Stamford Bridge, replaced Maurizio Sarri as manager of the Premier League club. Sarri eventually left Chelsea for Juventus. Lampard’s contract is said to be worth £4 million a year.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s pre-season training resumes on Friday but several players are not going to be available.
Christian Pulisic is still on international duty. The American is busy playing for the USA in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. If the US win against Jamaica in the semifinals, they will face Mexico on Monday next week, extending his stay in North America.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both out due to injuries. Hudson-Odoi recently released a video clip of him training, but it may take some time before he can really recover. Loftus-Cheek, on the other hand, is back at Cobham for treatment and may not be featured this season.
Willian, just like Pulisic, is busy on international duty. The Brazilian was actually a late call up following Neymar’s injury. The winger may have to stay longer for the Copa America after Brazil defeated Argentina to reach the final.