Chelsea first team staff
Written by Simon Austin — August 13, 2017
Pen pics of Chelsea's coaching, sports science, medicine and analytics staff.
HEAD COACH: Antonio Conte
Added to an already glittering reputation by winning Premier League in his first season at Chelsea. In his three campaigns with Juventus he won three Serie A titles, amassed a record number of points in 2013/14 and lost only three home league games in total. Was also a player of some repute, winning 20 caps for Italy.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Michael Emanalo
Heads the club's scouting operation as well as its technical programme. His role goes beyond that though: the former Nigeria international is close to owner Roman Abramovich and advises on both players and coaching staff. Arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2007 as a scout before being promoted to assistant first-team coach and then his current role in 2011.
DIRECTOR: Marina Granovskaia
Deals with player signings and sales. Combined, she and Emanalo fulfil the role of a Sporting Director. The Russian has worked for Abramovich since 1997, first with his former oil company Sibneft, then with Chelsea after he took over in 2003. Has been on the club's board since June 2013.
ASSISTANT: Paolo Vanoli
Arrived in July, having been coach of Italy's U19s. Conte held him in high regard while coaching the full international side. The former full-back played for Rangers in 2003/4.
ASSISTANT: Angelo Alessio
Played alongside Conte for Juventus and worked as his assistant at Siena, Juventus and Italy before joining him at Stamford Bridge last summer.
ASSISTANT: Gianluca Conte
Younger brother of the manager. Played with him at Lecce and worked as his analyst at Bari, Juventus and with the Italian team before coming with him to Chelsea.
ASSISTANT: Carlo Cudicini
Chelsea' first-choice keeper until arrival of Petr Cech in 2004/5. Appointed assistant when Conte arrived last July. His first-hand knowledge of the club helped the Italian to integrate.
GOALKEEPER COACH: Gianluca Spinelli
Formerly goalkeeping coach for Genoa and the Italian national side, with whom he still works.
ASSISTANT & PLAYER ANALYST: Davide Mazzotta
Arrived in July following the departure of Steve Holland to work full-time with England. Played with Conte at Lecce and worked with him for Italy. Has a scouting and video analysis role.
HEAD OF SPORTS SCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY: Tim Harkness
Has held his position since July 2009. Previously worked in private practice in his native South Africa.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR: Paco Biosca
Joined Chelsea in July 2011 from Shakhtar Donetsk. Prior to this the Catalan worked as a specialist doctor in orthopaedic surgery at Arnau Vilanova Hospital in Lleida, Spain.
CONSULTANT PERSONAL TRAINER & NUTRITIONIST: Tiberio Ancora
An ever-present in Conte's team, having worked with him at Bari, Siena, Atalanta, Juventus and the Italian national team. A fitness fanatic who is in incredible shape for a 52-year-old. Behind the decision to take ketchup, fizzy drinks and pizza off the menu at Cobham. Has just signed up for another two years with the club.
STRENGTH & POWER COACH: Julio Tous
At heart of Diego Costa saga. Had a row with striker in January leading to him being dropped. First linked up with Conte at Juve, then with Italy. Once a coach with Spanish Swimming.
FITNESS COACH: Paolo Bertelli
Another who worked with Conte for Juve and the Italian national team. At the heart of a tunnel row between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in April.
FITNESS COACH: Chris Jones
Joined from neighbours Fulham in 2006, initially working in the Academy. Promoted to first team in 2009. Represented England U18s as a player.
ASSISTANT FITNESS COACH: Constantino Coratti
Played in the lower leagues in Italy with Frosinone and Sora. Worked with Conte with Juventus and Italy.
PHYSIO: Jon Fearn
Hit the headlines when he and club doctor Eva Carneiro were branded 'naive' by Jose Mourinho for running on to treat Eden Hazard in August 2015. With Chelsea since 2010.
HEAD PHYSIO: Jason Palmer
Arrived at Chelsea from Fulham. Previously worked with Australia men's football side and Olympic team at Sydney 2000.
SPORTS THERAPIST: Stu Sullivan
With Chelsea since 2004. Worked with England at 2010 World Cup.