Chelsea are ready to offer Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech a role with them at the end of the season when he retires from football, Goal understands.The 36-year-old announced that he will hang up his gloves at the end of the season after a glorious career which included 11 years at Chelsea – a period that was the most successful in the club’s history.The decision to bring back Cech would follow their strategy of wanting to recognise the contributions of some of their top former players by offering them roles when their playing careers come to an end. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Gunners goalkeeper has yet to make a concrete plan over his next step after he leaves the north Londoners, preferring to focus on helping Unai Emery’s side win a trophy in his final season.He could, though, be offered roles ranging from a coach to an executive, or an ambassadorial role.The former Czech Republic international has a personal relationship with Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich, with Cech having recently moved house to a location that’s closer to Chelsea’s training ground than Arsenal’s.He would be following a host of ex-Chelsea players in having worked with the club after retirement, with John Terry, Frank Lampard and Jody Morris having all coached the club’s youngsters in recent years.They went onto secure positions with Aston Villa and Derby County, with Lampard having taken the manager’s job at Pride Park.Joe Cole has also returned to the Blues’ Cobham training ground to coach youngsters across all age groups, helping out the likes of Eddie Newton, Paulo Ferreira and Tore Andre Flo.Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola, meanwhile, is part of Maurizio Sarri’s first-team backroom staff, alongside the likes of Carlo Cudicini and Hilario.Andy Myers and Joe Edwards are another two ex-players coaching the club’s younger players this season, while Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Michael Essien have all done work for Chelsea in ambassadorial roles.The club’s policy is understood to extend to Ashley Cole, who is currently playing in MLS with LA Galaxy.The Blues hope that their policy of incorporating club legends can help them maintain their identity and avoid a situation similar to Arsenal, who saw former midfielder Patrick Vieira end up in a youth development role at Manchester City.Cech won 13 major trophies at Chelsea including four Premier League titles and the club’s only ever Champions League success back in 2013.The Blues travel to face Arsenal on Saturday but Bernd Leno is likely to start ahead of Cech, after establishing himself as the club’s No.1 goalkeeper.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh told ESPN’s Adam Schefter this morning that the talk of him leaving Michigan for the NFL is completely false. He’ll be staying with the Wolverines.“This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day,” Harbaugh told ESPN. “It’s people spreading messages to further their own personal agenda.“But I’m on record right here, right now: I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying at Michigan. We have big plans here, and there’s a lot we want to accomplish.”Harbaugh is in his fourth season at Michigan. He has the Wolverines playing in a New Year’s Six game this bowl season following a 10-win regular season.The head coach is 0-4 against Ohio State, though, so it’s unsurprising that Buckeyes fans have reacted in joy to his NFL decision.“And all of Ohio takes a deep breath of relief,” one fan tweeted.And all of Ohio takes a deep breath of relief.— Al Gonzalez (@chesspoof) December 9, 2018“Give him the lifetime contract!!!!” another added.Give him the lifetime contract!!!!— Buckeyes Crootin’ ?✌️ (@BuckeyesCrootin) December 9, 2018Harbaugh will be facing a new-look Ohio State program in 2019, as the Buckeyes will be led by Ryan Day, who’s replacing Urban Meyer.