The 37-year-old former Arsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech returns to Stamford Bridge after retiring at the end of the season as Chelsea Technical and Performance Advisor.
Cech returns to west London with Chelsea managerless following Maurizio Sarri’s recent departure to Serie A champions Juventus.
Petr will be based at Cobham and will work closely with Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia . His role will also align him with the men’s first team coaching and backroom staff, travelling with the team home and away with an emphasis on strategy and performance.
The 37-year-old goalkeeper made 494 appearances for the club during a trophy-laden spell at Stamford Bridge before ending his playing career with Arsenal.
In his first season, 2004/05, Cech registered a record 24 Premier League clean sheets as we romped to the title conceding just 15 goals along the way. He was equally impressive the following year.
Cech overcame a fractured skull during the 2006/07 season to keep a clean sheet in the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley as they defeated Manchester United 1-0. He tasted further success in that competition in 2009, 2010 – when he saved a penalty in the final – and 2012, when a remarkable stop to deny Liverpool’s Andy Carroll preserved the blue advantage.
The Czech’s finest hour in a Chelsea shirt was undoubtedly the Champions League final in Munich. Having saved an Arjen Robben penalty during extra-time, Cech got his hand to two more during the shoot-out, paving the way for Didier Drogba’s deciding kick.
Cech said: “I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to join Chelsea FC again and help create the best possible high-level performance environment to continue the success the club has had over the past 15 years.”
I’m looking forward to the new challenge and hope I can use all of my football knowledge and experience to help the team achieve even more success in the future.