Dermot Drummy: International Head Coach
Dermot Drummy was appointed to a new role within Chelsea in the summer of 2014 in order to support specific aspects of the club's growing number of overseas partnerships, drawing on his expertise and many years of coaching experience.
The ultimate aim is to expand the knowledge and experience of all coaches from the Chelsea Foundation through to our soccer schools and elite partners such as Guangzhou R&F in China and our Super Clubs network in America.
His addition to the international programme ensures it continues to expand and engage the wider grass roots football community, a goal our Foundation coaching staff have worked hard to achieve.
Previously Drummy worked as Chelsea's youth team and reserve team manager, the latter role evolving into Under-21 manager.
He took charge of the youth team on a permanent basis in January 2009 having taken the job on an interim basis following Paul Clement's promotion to reserve team manager the previous November. Drummy 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 Drummy'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, Jeremie Aliadiere, Moritz Volz, Johan Djourou, Nicklas Bendtner and more recently Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs.
Not seeing further career progression with the Gunners, Drummy expressed interest in the then vacant youth team role at Chelsea. Though it went to Clement, the Chelsea Under-16s job was soon offered and convinced the Academy project at Chelsea was the place to be, Drummy accepted.
He assisted Clement in the 2007/08 run to the FA Youth Cup final, and having worked with many of the youth squad, 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, Drummy 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, as well as an Under-19 team that competed in a European competition - the NextGen Series.
The final of that was reached with Barcelona, Ajax, Juventus and Arsenal beaten along the way, before defeat to Aston Villa in a match held in Italy.
In 2013/14, Drummy again looked after both squads which overlapped significantly, with the Under-19s this time playing in a new UEFA Youth League, reaching the quarter-finals, and the Under-21s winning the national Under-21 Premier League in style, by beating Manchester City and Manchester United away in the deciding play-offs.