Posted on: Thu 21 Feb 2013

With pre-season now underway, another new arrival has joined the Blues ahead of the 2013 campaign. This time, however, it's an addition to the management team…

Paul Green is the new assistant manager of the Chelsea Ladies, and after watching his new side in action on the Cobham training pitch, he is confident he has joined the right club.

Green will work closely alongside manager Emma Hayes as we look to improve on last season's sixth-place finish and, after seven years at Doncaster Rovers Belles, he is relishing a new challenge.

'I'm delighted to join such a big club, I'm just settling in but I can't wait to get going,' he tells the official Chelsea website.

'Our first competitive game is in March, we've started training and we're looking forward to it.

'I was at Doncaster for seven years so it was a big part of my life; it's a great club with great people, but I felt it was the right time to move on and seek a new challenge.'

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The new season begins on Saturday 23 March with a Continental Cup clash against Green's former club, before we open our league campaign three weeks later against Birmingham City.

Last season, after narrowly missing out on FA Cup success, losing against Birmingham in a penalty shoot-out, we were unable to find the consistency levels which would have enabled us to challenge at the top of the table.

However, with five new acquisitions bringing a wealth of quality and international experience to the squad, Green sees plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

'The girls look fit, sharp and where you'd want them to be at this stage of pre-season, and as we develop over the next few weeks I'm sure we'll be ready for the first game,' he explains.

'They were very good in the first session, there was a high intensity and they all looked hungry to do well. If we all work together over the course of the season I'm sure we can be a success.

'We've had five new players come in to the club. We need to see who fits best in which position over pre-season, but there's a real optimism among the group.'