Viveash leaves Chelsea

After nine successful years with the Chelsea Academy, development squad manager Adi Viveash has left the club.

Chelsea Football Club wishes to thank Adi enormously for the major contribution he has made to the Academy’s unprecedented success. He joined in the 2008/09 season and has worked with all ages from Under-12s upwards. He coached the Under-18s to three consecutive FA Youth Cup finals, triumphing in 2012 and 2014, before taking over Chelsea’s Under-21 side which has since evolved into the development squad.

One of his responsibilities in the position was to coach and manage two campaigns in the UEFA Youth League which is contested by Under-19 teams from leading clubs across Europe. With only one defeat in 20 games in the competition over two years, Chelsea lifted the trophy in 2015 and successfully defended it the following year. Eight players from those UEFA Youth League squads have made Chelsea first team debuts and numerous others European and English Football League debuts.

Technical director Michael Emenalo said: ‘Adi’s progression through the Academy and the success of the teams he has managed clearly show the quality of his work with Chelsea. We are immensely proud of the club’s record in the FA Youth Cup and Adi played a very important part in maintaining that. In the new area of European competition at Academy level, the back-to-back triumphs of our Under-19 sides was an outstanding achievement. We wish Adi all the best for the next stage of his career.’