Chelsea staff profiles

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FOOTBALL EXECUTIVES

DIRECTOR

Marina Granovskaia

Nationality: Russian

The Russian has worked for owner Roman Abramovich since 1997, when she started at his former oil company, Sibneft. With Chelsea since Abramovich bought the club in 2003. On the board since June 2013 and now the dominant force on the football side of the business.

TECHNICAL AND PERFORMANCE ADVISOR

Petr Cech

Nationality: Czech

Won 13 trophies during 11 years as a Chelsea player. Retired after four years at Arsenal and returned to Stamford Bridge totake up this new role in June 2019. Will advise on "all football and performance matters".

COACHING

MANAGER

Thomas Tuchel

Nationality: German

Arrived at Stamford Bridge in January 2021 after two-and-a-half years with PSG. First German to manage Chelsea. Guided PSG to four major honours and Champions League final. Prior to that, he led Mainz into the Europa League and won the German Cup with Borussia Dortmund.

ASSISTANT

Arno Michels

Nationality: German

The German is Tuchel's right-hand man, having worked alongside him at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and PSG. The duo first met on a coaching course.

ASSISTANT

Zsolt Low

Nationality: Hungarian

Played under Tuchel at Mainz and then worked with him at PSG. Previously coached at Red Bull Salzburg and Leipzig.

ASSISTANT

Joe Edwards

Nationality: English

Youth player at the club who has progressed through the ranks to become a first-team coach. Worked with the U18s, was loan technical coach and most recently Professional Development Phase coach. Stayed on staff after arrival of Tuchel.

FIRST-TEAM COACH

Anthony Barry

Nationality: English

Joined from Wigan in August 2020, having been with the Latics for three years. Already knew Lampard from their Pro Licence course with the English FA. Was offered managers job at Fleetwood after Tuchel's arrival, but decided to stay on.

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 & MEDICAL

HEAD OF SPORTS SCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY

Tim Harkness

Nationality: South African

Has held this position since July 2009. Previously worked in private practice in his native South Africa.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Paco Biosca

Nationality: Spanish

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.

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.

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

Adam Burrows

Nationality: English

Hired from Derby in September 2019, having worked with Lampard at Pride Park in 2018/19. Had been with the Rams since 2011, when he joined as an intern.

HEAD PHYSIO

Steve Hughes

Nationality: Australian

Has been with Chelsea since 2001, having previously worked in the NHS.

SPORTS THERAPIST

Stu Sullivan

Nationality: English

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

PHYSIO

Jon Fearn

Nationality: English

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.

ANALYSIS

VIDEO ANALYST

Benjamin Weber

Nationality: German

Long-time associate of Tuchel's, having worked with him at Mainz, Dortmund and PSG before moving to Chelsea.

HEAD OF FIRST-TEAM ANALYSIS

James Melbourne

Nationality: English

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

LEAD RECRUITMENT & DATA ANALYST

Dan Pelchen

Nationality: Australian

Joined as a performance data analyst in July 2018 from AFL side Collingwood. Promoted to current role a year later.

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.

DATA SCIENCE

SENIOR DATA ANALYST

Thomas Jackson

Nationality: English

Joined in April 2018, having previously worked in the commercial sector.

DATA SCIENTIST

Federico Bettuzzi

Nationality: Italian

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

DATA SCIENTIST

Chris Searle

Nationality: English

Joined the club in July 2016. Mainly deals with data from the sports science department.

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.

HEAD OF RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Ben Smith

Nationality: English

His background is as an analyst (with Fulham and England) and he joined Chelsea in January 2007. His role involves "technology, data, and systems, with an addition of strategic projects, research and innovation."

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