John Terry and 4 more former Chelsea stars who could soon coach in England's first two tiers

John Terry and 4 more former Chelsea stars who could soon coach in England's first two tiers

Frank Lampard might be considered fortunate to be given such a huge job only in his second year as a manager, but it doesn't mean he didn't deserve it. takes a look at other former Blues who could follow his steps in the nearest future.

Ashley Cole

The former left-back is touted as one of the most insightful pundits on TV, and while it's not a guarantee of a successful career in management (just ask Gary Neville!), it's certainly a step in the right direction.

Cole is already working with Chelsea's youngsters but makes no secret of his desire to try his hand at coaching senior pros. His pedigree as a player could be of help as he'll be looking for an interesting project.

Joe Cole

The other Cole also started his coaching career with the Chelsea Academy but left the role shortly before the coronavirus pandemic broke out. Joe has revealed that he had options with the England U21 team and in Germany but because of the virus, the plans have been on hold.

There's little doubt that Cole will choose his next step very carefully to prepare himself for management at the top level. However, he might well choose to take a bit more time to take that step.

Michael Ballack

The former Germany captain might be low-key about his coaching ambitions but last year, he revealed that he enrolled at the coaching courses with the Welsh FA. He also visited Chelsea's Cobham training base, which ignited rumours of him joining Frank Lampard's staff.

This hasn't materialised, and Ballack might well start his coaching career in his home country, but it's not a secret that English football appeals to him. There's no reason why he can't try to follow the steps of Jurgen Klopp and his other countrymen.

Claude Makelele

Like Ashley Cole, the Frenchman is a member of the Chelsea coaching staff, working mainly with the large Loan Army. He already had several forays into management, taking charge of French side Bastia and Belgian club Eupen.

Neither of those spells was particularly successful, but Chelsea gave him an opportunity to learn a bit more about the job. It's almost certain that he'll find another opportunity, in England or on the continent.

John Terry

The legend was rumoured to be very close to taking charge of Bournemouth already this summer before the Cherries announced the appointment of Jason Tindall instead.

However, Aston Villa have already confirmed Craig Shakespeare as a new assistant manager to Dean Smith, which means that JT is free to look for new opportunities. He's probably the closest of them all to join Frank Lampard as a Premier League manager in years to come.


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