Morris moves on

Under-18s manager Jody Morris has today left the club to join the first-team coaching staff at Derby County.

Morris departs to form part of Frank Lampard’s management team following his appointment as manager of the Championship club.

A graduate of our academy system as a player, Morris made over 170 appearances for Chelsea before returning as a coach in 2013.

Having previously assisted the Under-21s, he has worked with the Under-18s for the past four seasons, taking charge of the side for the previous two years.

In each of those four seasons, we won the FA Youth Cup and Under-18 Premier League southern title, while the national league title was added last term to complete a remarkable Treble.

That achievement was topped in 2017/18 as the young Blues retained all three trophies and added the inaugural Premier League Under-18 Cup to their haul.

Head of Youth Development, Neil Bath, said: ‘Jody has done a fantastic job, not just in terms of the silverware the Under-18s have won in recent years but with the way in which he has added to the culture and environment that is so important to us at the Academy. This contributes to the all-round development of so many young footballers at the club.

‘Although we’re naturally disappointed to be losing Jody as one of our academy coaches, we’re also delighted for him to be joining Frank and wish them every success at Derby.’

Chelsea Football Club wishes to thank Jody for his contribution to the Academy’s success in recent years. We wish him and Frank all the best in their new challenge at Derby.