The Chelsea fas in the Transfer Tavern are distraught today as they’ve found out the news that Jody Morris has left his post as the Chelsea U18s manager to join Frank Lampard’s coaching team at Derby County. The links that Morris and Lampard have to Chelsea will probably mean that the Rams will benefit from getting some Chelse youth players in on-loan, although the club has really lost out by losing Morris to the Pride Park faithful. Fans can read more on the Chelsea website.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 4 June 2018
Jody Morris is Chelsea through and through. In his playing days, he came through the club’s academy system to make over 170 appearances for the Blues before returning to the club in 2013 as a coach. Since then, Morris has worked with both the U21s and the U18s, although in the last two years as the head coach of the U18s he’s made his mark, winning a fantastic treble of the FA Youth Cup, Premier League Southern title and National League title.
Now though, Morris will be starting in his first role in senior football. Alongside Frank Lampard, who Morris shared a dressing room with for two years between 2001 and 2003, the pair will be looking to get Derby County back in the Premier League for the first time since they were relegated in 2008 with a record low 11 points. The task won’t be easy, but if they can recruit come of Morris’ ex-players from the Chelsea youth system it should make the job much easier.
You can read our local Blues’ verdict on the Morris news here:
All the good ones are leaving.
— Mariachi Batshuayi (@bluemariachicfc) June 4, 2018
I like this move. Loan our players to Derby. BUT WE WANT CONTE OUT.
— EMG (@EMG_38) June 4, 2018
Leaves as a Winner
— CFC DAILY (@CFCDaily) 4 June 2018
Derby is my new fav team! Chelsea at the top offcourse.
— Sebastien John (@SanisSocial) June 4, 2018
Should’ve been our next manager
— ed (@ilSloth) June 4, 2018
Good luck Hope we‘ll see you again soon
— JS (@HazardousMorata) 4 June 2018
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I'm afraid you missed a trick there Chelsea. You need to as a club give people and young talent a chance, what worse can you do?
— Paul Brosnan (@brozz1e) June 4, 2018
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