Ashley Cole has joined former team-mate Frank Lampard in Chelsea’s coaching staff, where he will be working with the U15s.
Cole announced his retirement from professional football in September at the age of 38 following a successful 20-year playing career.
The three-time Premier League champion has taken a role in Chelsea’s youth academy as U15s coach and he will be looking to bring the next crop of youngsters through to Lampard’s first team.
In his first interview since taking the role, Cole said: “You have to be a top player to play for Chelsea so they want those top ex-players influencing and trying to help the next generation develop and be better players.
“Chelsea have been quick and probably one of the first clubs to really tap into that, not just with coaches but staff in the loans team and other departments, to bring them back to pass on their experience and expertise.”
Cole spent the majority of his career at Arsenal and Chelsea before finishing with spells at LA Galaxy, Roma and Derby County.