Chelsea to offer Cech a chance to return

first_imgChelsea 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.Ashley Cole LA Galaxy MLSJoe 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.last_img read more

Indonesia UN agencies step up food health aid to flood victims

7 February 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today started providing immediate food aid to some of the worst-affected flood victims in the Indonesia capital, Jakarta, where at least 40 people have been killed and 340,000 others driven from their homes by rains which inundated thousands of houses and other buildings, including 1,500 schools. At the request of the authorities, WFP dispatched an initial shipment of 526 boxes of micronutrient-enriched noodles and 702 boxes of high energy biscuits for 2,250 flood victims in south Jakarta, with agency trucks and personnel are on standby for further deliveries as new requests for aid come in. “The World Food Programme stands ready to help more of the worst-affected people who have had to endure the flooding of their houses and neighbourhoods,” WFP Country Director Mohamed Saleheen said. “With yesterday’s request from the Government, and working in close co-operation with Government agencies, we can immediately begin providing ready-to-eat foods for distribution to the victims.” WFP and other UN agencies based in Jakarta have formed a rapid assessment team to determine further immediate needs of persons displaced by the flooding and available UN resources and supplies that can be provided to the Indonesian authorities, as required. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is preparing to provide jerry cans for carrying drinking water, as well as water-purification tablets, oral rehydration salts and other supplies. It also plans to launch an immunization campaign, during which children affected by the disaster will receive protection against polio and measles, and vitamin A supplements to boost their immune systems. read more