Chelsea are known to have developed a relationship with Vitesse Arnhem which allows a host of Blues youngsters to be loaned to the Eredivisie side every year, but now they have taken it one step further by sending under-21 assistant Andy Myers to Holland.
Former Chelsea defender Myers had spent eight years working with the Blues’ academy, but, according to the Daily Mail, has now agreed a one year deal to spend next season in a development role at Vitesse.
Myers told the club’s official website, “I’m looking forward to joining the coaching staff of Vitesse. I know Vitesse and their style of play and I hope to develop together with the staff.”
Myers will help first team manager Henk Fraser in Arnhem and overlook the development of Chelsea loanees Lewis Baker and Nathan.
Myers initially took charge of the under-15 side after his playing career ended with fellow West London side Brentford in 2005.
The 42-year-old then moved up to assist with the under-19 and under-21 sides alongside Dermot Drummy and most recently Adi Viveash.
Neil Bath, Chelsea’s head of youth development, expressed his delight at the continual growth of the club’s coaching set-up.
“This allows us to continue developing our coaching fraternity and supports great career progression for people like Ian Howell, James Simmonds, Ed Brand and Jody Morris this season, plus numerous others in the younger age groups,” said the veteran youth coach.
It is believed that this move, much like all the player trades between Chelsea and Vitesse, will only be temporary and Myers is expected back at the Blues’ Cobham training ground in the near future.