Dermot Drummy - Under 21 team manager
Dermot Drummy was appointed reserve team manager in the summer of 2011 after a successful spell as youth team manager during which the FA Youth Cup was won and players that had come through his side made first-team debuts.
He took charge of the youth team on a permanent basis in January 2009 having taken the role on an interim basis following Paul Clement's promotion to reserve team manager the previous November.
Dermot had been in charge of our Under 16 schoolboy team since moving across London from the Arsenal Academy set-up 19 months earlier.
He originally joined the north Londoners at 13 and played youth team football in midfield alongside future Arsenal regular Paul Davis and in front of centre-back Chris Whyte, later a league champion with Leeds.
Progressing to a professional level but released at 19, he then moved to Blackpool and played in Division Two for a short period before going semi-professional at Hendon, Wealdstone and Enfield.
After retiring at 35, Arsenal became part of Dermot's life again. During his apprenticeship he had assisted a professional by the famous name of Liam Brady, who by now was Arsenal Academy director.
A job was offered and the new coach progressed to work with the Under 16s and then as assistant youth coach under Steve Bould. In his time at Arsenal he helped shape Jermaine Pennant, Jérémie Aliadière, Moritz Volz, Johan Djourou, Nicklas Bendtner and more recently Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs.
Not seeing further career progression with the Gunners, Dermot expressed interested in the then vacant youth team role at Chelsea. Though it went to Clement, the Chelsea Under 16s job was soon offered instead and convinced the Academy project at Chelsea was the place to be, Dermot accepted.
He assisted Clement in the 2007/08 run to the FA Youth Cup Final, and having worked with many of the current youth squad then or as schoolboys, the then 48-year-old was a logical replacement when Clement moved up. In his first full season in the job he led the team to the 2010 Youth Cup Final. Aston Villa were defeated over two legs to bring the trophy to the Bridge for the first time since 1961.
In 2010/11 the semi-final was reached before defeat against Manchester United while the same season, Josh McEachran, who had worked with Dermot from Under 16s upwards made an impression in the first team.
When that season's reserve team manager Steve Holland moved up to work with the first team for 2011/12, Dermot took over the second string. For the 2012/13 season the old reserve team league was replaced by a new Under 21 format, with Drummy taking control of that squad.