A new Chelsea era has started, and this time, a former legend Frank Lampard is at the charge. The Englishman has already showed intent of what he wants to do in terms of coaching staff, and there is a new addition to that group.
Earlier, Chelsea club management confirmed the signing of Lampard in the managerial role, along with his assistant Jody Morris and first-team coach Chris Jones. Both of them helped Lampard in Derby County when he was the full time boss there last season. As a matter of fact, both are ex-Chelsea as well.
Further, the new manager decided to promote Joe Edwards from the Chelsea U23 team as well Eddie Newton from the loan department to take responsibilities in the senior team.
And now, according to recent reports, there is a new name to add to that list of assistant and coaches for Frank. It is going to be Henrique Hilário who himself was a Chelsea player a few years ago.
Hilario joined the Blues as a goalkeeper in 2006. He retired from playing in 2014 and was right away appointed into a coaching role with the Stamford Bridge side. Previously, he was assistant to main goalkeeper coaches for the side.
At first, Hilario learnt a lot of the coaching business from Christophe Lollichon. Then, under Antonio Conte’s reign, it was Gianluca Spinelli with whom he worked. And in the last season, when Maurizio Sarri’s goalkeeper coach Massimo Nenci was in charge, he was assistant to him as well.
This would surely be a good move for the side, as Hilario comes with plethora of experiences, both as a player and as a coach. The Portuguese international played for around 20 years and then have been in the Chelsea managerial ranks for five years now. Needless to say, Frank Lampard is going to be immensely grateful if Hilario manages to provide much needed support to grow Kepa Arrizabalaga as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.