Ashley Cole has left his coaching role at Chelsea to join Frank Lampard’s backroom staff at Everton. The former English left-back was teammates with Frank Lampard at Chelsea for several years. The duo spent 8 years playing together at Chelsea.
Ashley Cole joined Chelsea from Arsenal in 2006. He was a part of Arsene Wenger’s invincibles and made a controversial move from North London to Central London at Chelsea. Lampard and Cole went on to win several laurels for Chelsea. They conquered Europe together in 2012 after overcoming Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. They also dominated the domestic circuit by winning a Premier League title, four FA Cups, and two League Cups.
Their alliance has taken different forms. Ashley Cole has also played under Lampard as a player at Derby County. Cole’s first coaching opportunity was also given to him by Lampard in 2019. Cole occupied the role of an academy coach when Lampard was at the helm of Chelsea’s management as head coach.
Last summer, Cole became England U21s assistant manager under head coach and former Everton midfielder Lee Carsley.
He has now followed his former teammate Lampard to Goodinson Park as a first-team coach.
Reactions on Ashley Cole joining Lampard at Everton
Meanwhile, Lampard was ecstatic after his friend’s appointment as first-team coach.
“I’m delighted to add Ashley to my backroom team. Everyone knows about his superb playing career and what he has achieved in the game. “He is now a well-respected coach which has been recognized by his work with England U21s. He’ll bring a wealth of enthusiasm, game-play experience and is a very good young coach who adds strength to our coaching staff.” – Lampard
Cole returned the favor by complimenting his friend and his new colleague with very kind words.
“I was thrilled when Frank asked me to join him at Everton. This is a brilliant opportunity with a fantastic club and I am coming here to work hard and try to help bring success to Everton. “The chance to link up again with Frank was another huge draw. He is an excellent manager and leader. With the rest of the staff here, we have everything in place for what we want to achieve together.”
The duo will hope to relive the glory days from Chelsea and win silverware at Everton. Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has also added Dele Alli and Donny Van de Beek to his squad as he starts his project at a new club.
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