Carlo Cudicini takes on new role at Chelsea

Carlo Cudicini will oversee Chelsea’s loan contingent after agreeing a new role at Stamford Bridge.

The former Blues goalkeeper was on the club’s first-team backroom staff under both Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri, but will not reprise that role under Frank Lampard.

Now Cudicini will be Chelsea’s loan player technical coach, the position vacated by Eddie Newton, who has joined Lampard’s senior coaching group.

Carlo Cudicini, right, was part of Chelsea's backroom staff
Carlo Cudicini, right, was part of Chelsea’s backroom staff (Anthony Devlin/PA)

“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge in my coaching career,” said Cudicini.

“The loan programme is an important part of our development pathway for young players at the club and this is an exciting opportunity to work with the next generation of talented players.”

Cudicini made 216 appearances for Chelsea between 1999 and 2009, then returned to Stamford Bridge in 2015, first as an ambassador and then as a coach.

“We are delighted Carlo has agreed to take over from Eddie Newton in this key role in our development programme,” said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

“Carlo has years of experience from a playing career spanning Italian, English and US football, and has followed that by making a successful transition into coaching.

“His knowledge of the game and mentoring will be an important asset in the continued development of our young players.”

Former Chelsea reserves shot-stopper James Russell has also become assistant men’s goalkeeping coach, working alongside Hilario.

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