When Chelsea encountered East Asia
In the week when it was announced Chelsea will be heading back to Asia to take on local opposition there, we recall similar past matches from when the Blues flew east...
Eddie Newton returned to his role as loan player technical coach in the summer of 2016 having been assistant first team coach under Guus Hiddink in for the second half of the previous season.
Newton previously rejoined the youth development staff structure in November 2012 having worked as assistant first team coach for the seven months Roberto Di Matteo was manager, playing a part in winning the FA Cup and Champions League. He had worked as a coach with Di Matteo at MK Dons and West Bromwich Albion.
Newton first joined Chelsea as a 13-year-old and came through the ranks to make 214 appearances for the club. His debut came in 1992, scoring on what was the last game of the season.
Over the next two seasons he established himself in the midfield and continued to score goals. He was part of the side that competed in the FA Cup final in 1994 against Manchester United but unfortunately gave away a penalty as Chelsea were well beaten.
He reacted positively to that set back and developed into an accomplished deep midfielder, his call-up to the England squad widely tipped just prior to him unfortunately breaking his leg.
Newton recovered to play an important part in progress to Wembley again for the 1997 FA Cup Final and this time he triumphed, scoring the second goal as Middlesbrough were beaten 2-0. The next season he won League Cup and Cup Winners' Cup medals too.
Injuries hampered his final Chelsea season and he moved to Birmingham City. His playing career ended prematurely due to injury and Newton returned to Chelsea to work in our Academy. He was assistant Under-16 coach prior to joining Di Matteo at MK Dons. They reached the League One play-offs before moving on to West Brom whom they took into the Premier League. Newton and Di Matteo departed the Hawthorns in January 2011.
In his role as Chelsea’s loan player technical coach, he works predominantly with our players out on loan, liaising closely with them and coaching staff at their temporary clubs.