Chelsea staff profiles

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FOOTBALL LEADERSHIP

SPORTING DIRECTOR

Paul Winstanley

Nationality: English

Previously spent eight years with Brighton, latterly as Head of Recruitment. Played a major role in finding and developing talent for the Seagulls. Joined Chelsea in November 2022. Clubs say he will “oversee the entire sporting team, comprising talent, scouting, recruitment and data", along with Stewart.

SPORTING DIRECTOR

Laurence Stewart

Nationality: English

Arrived from AS Monaco, where he was also Technical Director, in October 2022. Background is in recruitment and analysis, with Everton (as Senior Recruitment Co-ordinator), Manchester City (Head of Performance Analysis) and the Football Association (Performance Analyst). Was our guest on Episode #25 of the TGG Podcast.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Christopher Vivell

Nationality: German

Joined in December 2022. Previously Technical Director at RB Leipzig for two years, responsible for recruitment and scouting across all age groups. Also spent five years with RB Salzburg as Head of Scouting and Recruitment.

DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT AND TALENT

Joe Shields

Nationality: English

Appointed in October 2022 after less than four months at Southampton, where he was Head of Senior Recruitment. Prior to that he spent nine years at Manchester City, initially as Academy Scouting Manager and then Head of Academy Recruitment and Talent Management. ’

COACHING

GOALKEEPER COACH

Toni Jimenez

Nationality: Spanish

The former keeper has worked with Pochettino since the start of his managerial career, at Espanyol in 2009.

HEAD COACH

Mauricio Pochettino

Nationality: Argentine

Won 20 caps for Argentina and has also had an elite managerial career, taking charge of Espanyol, Southampton, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain. Led Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019 and won the league and cup at PSG.

ASSISTANT

Miguel d’Agostino

Nationality: Argentine

Played alongside Pochettino for Newell's Old Boys and the duo have remained friends ever since. Has been the manager's assistant at all his clubs - Espanyol, Southampton, Spurs, PSG and now Chelsea.

ASSISTANT/ FITNESS COACH

Jesus Perez

Nationality: Spaniard

Third member of Pochettino's triumvirate of assistants, who has also been with him throughout his managerial career. Was already an analyst at Espanyol when Pochettino arrived and soon gained his trust, remaining with him as he moved to clubs in England and France.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Ben Roberts

Nationality: English

Ex-Middlesbrough keeper joined Brighton's staff in June 2015 following coaching spells at Yeovil and Charlton. Holds a first-class degree in sports science and coaching. Another who moved with Potter in September 2022.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Henrique Hilario

Nationality: Portuguese

Made 39 appearances as a player between 2006 and 2014. Returned in 2016 as assistant goalkeeping coach under Antonio Conte.

GOALKEEPER COACH

James Russell

Nationality: English

Joined the club as a 14-year-old keeper and stayed until he was 20. Started his coaching career at Chelsea in 2009 and worked with the Academy before being promoted at the start of 2020/21.

PERFORMANCE

DIRECTOR OF PERFORMANCE

Bryce Cavanagh

Nationality: Australian

Worked for the Football Association as Director of Performance for eight years before joining the Blues at the start of 2023/24. Worked in a range of sports before that, including (Munster and Melbourne Rebels), cricket (West Indies), netball (New South Wales) and Aussie Rules (Sydney Swans).

HEAD OF PERFORMANCE SERVICES

Nick Chadd

Nationality: English

Joined Chelsea in August 2023 from Benfica, where he was Head of Sport Science and Strength & Conditioning. Previously worked for Manchester City for almost four years, latterly as City Football Group's Lead Sports Scientist and S&C Coach.

SPORT SCIENTIST

Sebastiano Pochettino

Nationality: Spanish

Born in Espanyol when his father was playing for the club. Went on to gain a first class degree in sports and exercise at Southampton Solent University. Became the youngest sport scientist in the Premier League at Tottenham, at the age of 22, and has remained part of his father's inner circle of staff ever since.

FITNESS COACH

Will Tullett

Nationality: English

Joined the first team as a fitness coach at the start of 2019/20, having previously been a movement specialist with the youth and senior teams for eight years.

FITNESS COACH

Matt Birnie

Nationality: English

Has worked at Chelsea since 2005. Was Head of Athletic Development in the Academy before moving up to the first team when Frank Lampard was appointed manager at the start of 2019/20. Replaced Paolo Bertelli, who moved on to Sampdoria and then Juventus.

SPORTS SCIENTIST

Chris Searle

Nationality: English

Joined the club in July 2016. Sports scientist with a high level of competence with data.

MEDICAL

FIRST TEAM DOCTOR AND HEAD OF ACADEMY MEDICAL

Christopher Hughes

Nationality: English

Highly experienced club doctor. Worked for Chelsea from 2012 to 2017 and knows Pochettino well from his time at Tottenham (2017 to 2021). Club doctor at Brentford in 2022/23 before returning to Chelsea at the start of the following season.

LEAD PERFORMANCE PHYSIO

Steve Hughes

Nationality: English

Has been with Chelsea since 2001, making him one of the most experienced physios in the Premier League. Previously worked in the NHS.

REHAB PHYSIO

Fearghal Kerin

Nationality: Irish

Joined in January 2023 following restructure that saw Paco Biosca, Thierry Laurent, Jason Palmer and Jon Fearn leave the club. Previously Rehab Physio with Leinster Rugby for eight-and-a-half years.

PHYSIO

Stuart Vaughan

Nationality: English

Joined Chelsea in 2006 and has worked in their Academy, with their loans team and with their women's team. Moved across to the men's team in December 2022.

PHYSIO

Ed Richmond

Nationality: English

Joined in February 2024 from Leicester City, where he had worked for two years. Prior to the Foxes was with Crystal Palace for five-and-a-half years, latterly as their Head Physio. Also worked for the Wales national team from 2017 to 2019.

SPORTS THERAPIST

Stu Sullivan

Nationality: English

With Chelsea since 2004. Worked with England at 2010 World Cup.

ANALYSIS

DATA AND ANALYSIS LEAD

Matt Hallam

Nationality: English

Keeps a low profile but has become an important figure at the club. Started as an intern in 2011, having previously completed a psychology degree at Loughborough. Then developed a scouting database for the Blues. Promoted to current role in January 2023 by Chairman Todd Boehly.

HEAD OF FIRST-TEAM ANALYSIS

James Melbourne

Nationality: English

With the club since 2005, having previously worked for Prozone.

MATCH ANALYST

Christy Fenwick

Nationality: English

Joined Chelsea in December 2007 from Wolves. Has also worked for Aston Villa.

PERFORMANCE ANALYST

Paul Quilter

Nationality: English

Has been in post since August 2016, having join Chelsea as an intern in 2011.

ASSISTANT PERFORMANCE ANALYST

Tom King

Nationality: English

Background in coaching. Has been with Chelsea since 2015.

GOALKEEPING ANALYSIS MANAGER/ ASSISTANT GOALKEEPING RECRUITMENT

Matthew Parker

Nationality: English

Has been specialising in goalkeeping analysis since 2016 - first with Bournemouth, then Brighton and now Chelsea.

DATA SCIENCE

LEAD DATA SCIENTIST

Fraser Ewing

Nationality: English

Joined in April 2023, having previously worked for sports forecasting company Angstrom, which specialises in odds generation, trading and risk management in US sports.

DATA SCIENTIST

Federico Bettuzzi

Nationality: Italian

Previously worked in retail analytics for RI in Richmond, Surrey. Joined Chelsea in June 2019.

DATA SCIENTIST

Kristian Nisumaa

Nationality: English

Data engineer with Southampton before joining Chelsea in April 2023.

OTHER

LOAN TECHNICAL COACH

Carlo Cudicini

Nationality: Italian

Chelsea's first-choice keeper until arrival of Petr Cech in 2004/5. Appointed assistant when Antonio Conte arrived at the club. Switched to loan player technical coach in the summer of 2019.

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