Following old boy Frank Lampard’s appointment as New Chelsea boss following Mauricio Sarri’s exit, it has just been revealed that Nigeria-born Eddie Newton will be joining his management staff after being promoted.
Newton, with middle names “John Ikem”, currently saddled with the responsibility of monitoring players who join Chelsea on loan, would now step in to fill the void left by the departure of Mauricio Sarri’s backroom staff.
Newton has over a decade of coaching experience, starting with MK Dons in 2008-09 where he was Roberto Di Matteo’s assistant. The two of them would wind up working together at West Brom, and then at Chelsea as well. Since then, save for a brief spell as interim manager Guus Hiddink’s assistant in 2015-16, Newton had been working behind the scenes at the club, mostly as the main conduit between Chelsea and the Loan Army
Before he went into coaching, he played for Chelsea all the way from the youth team to the senior team, helping the club win the FA Cup in ’97. He was also part of the Chelsea team that won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final and the Football League Cup Final in ’98.
With these records, there’s no doubt Newton has deep roots at Chelsea. In his new role as an assistant coach, we look forward to seeing him bring out the best in the players and, possibly, bring on more African players.