Chelsea legend looking to return following MLS spell

Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma left back Ashley Cole is hoping for a return to West London after his playing days come to an end in Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy.

In an interview with Soccer AM, Cole revealed he is hoping to work in England after his spell in MLS, with Chelsea his preference: ‘I think I will probably look to go back one day and try to work. I want to work with something to do with Chelsea or scouting or kind of watching the young players develop. In a few years I’ll probably go back to England and try and find a job there.’

Chelsea fans won’t need reminding just how successful Cole was in his eight years at the club, where he arguably became the best left back in European football.

What would Cole bring to Chelsea as a coach?

So let’s have a look at what Ashley Cole could bring to Chelsea as a coach if he returns after his spell with LA Galaxy.

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Winning mentality

Cole is a winner, he has won 16 trophies in his career so far, with nine of those coming at Chelsea.

Chelsea honours:
Premier League – 2009/10
FA Cup – 2006/07, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2011/12
League Cup – 2006/07
UEFA Champions League – 2011/12
UEFA Europa League – 2012/13
FA Community Shield – 2009

He played an integral role throughout Chelsea’s Champions League winning campaign in the 2011/12 season and scored a penalty in their shootout against Bayern Munich.

Cole’s four FA Cup wins with Chelsea give him a total of seven tournament wins overall, including his three at Arsenal. He currently holds the record for the player with the most FA Cup winning medals.

The former England international has won the Premier League three times, twice with Arsenal and he is only one of nine players to reach over 100 caps for the national side.

Defensive positioning 

Cole is renowned for his defensive positioning, notably his clearances off the line. Galaxy fans have already experienced this attribute, with Cole making an incredible goal-line clearance against New York Red Bulls in their last MLS outing, albeit play was eventually bought back for offside. The left back also netted his first goal for the club in the same tie.

Watch: Ashley Cole’s goal-line clearance vs RBNY, credit: LA Galaxy official YouTube.

The former Chelsea man made two game-changing goal-line clearances in their Champions League run in 2012, one against Barcelona and the other against Napoli, both of which probably stopped his side from being dumped out of the tournament they went on to win.

Attacking flare 

Many full-backs are criticised for being too attacking or one attribute overweighing the other, either great going forward and weak at the back or vice-versa. Cole possesses great forward play as well as his defensive quality, an area he would arguably be able to guide upcoming players in.

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In his 337 appearances for Chelsea, Cole netted seven goals and racked up 37 assists. His best scoring season came in their 2009/10 Premier League winning campaign, where he netted four goals, including an incredibly composed strike against Sunderland which saw him win Chelsea’s goal of the season award.

Discipline 

Cole has had his fair share of negative publicity throughout his career, but his discipline on the pitch is exemplary. In his 589 domestic career appearances he has received just five red cards, unfortunately for Galaxy fans two of those have come this season.

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Cole insisted he still has the desire to play on for a while yet and believes the current Galaxy side should be looking at nothing less than winning it all. But at 35 his playing days will soon come to an end and it will be interesting to see where his career takes him from there.

Will Ashley Cole return to Chelsea as a coach? Would this be good for the club?

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LA Galaxy fear Klopp’s Liverpool arrival will tempt Gerrard away – report

A huge managerial appointment on Merseyside could sent shockwaves that rumble across to Los Angeles as LA Galaxy fear Jurgen Klopp’s pending Liverpool appointment could see Steven Gerrard return to Anfield.

Klopp is expected to be announced as the new Liverpool boss on Friday morning, with multiple reports suggesting a three-year deal has been offered to the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

One of his first jobs will be to assemble a backroom team to help him turn Liverpool’s season around after a slow start and LA Galaxy fear that will see the Reds approach Kop legend Gerrard, according to the Daily Mirror.

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The 35-year-old English midfield enforcer only joined the Galaxy in the summer and still has more than a year left on his 18-month contract. But he has made it clear he hopes to return to Liverpool one day in some capacity and the Mirror report claims Galaxy chiefs “believe there may be interest”.

Gerrard may feel more comfortable seeing out the remainder of his Galaxy contract, especially with the team chasing a second successive MLS Cup title, before returning to Anfield in January 2017.

Would Steven Gerrard be a good addition to the Liverpool backroom under Jurgen Klopp?