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Ashley Cole is offered a Chelsea coach role after announcing his retirement from football

Ashley Cole is offered a Chelsea coach role after announcing his retirement from football LIVE on TV

  • Ashley Cole has called in for a brilliant twenty-year career
  • Cole announced his retirement live on air while playing as a Sky Sports expert
  • The former fullback is now ready to return to Chelsea in a coaching role
  • Cole will partner with former teammate and current manager Frank Lampard

Ashley Cole is expected to be offered a return to Chelsea after the former England left back has announced his retirement.

The day his former teammate Frank Lampard made an emotional homecoming at Stamford Bridge, Cole confirmed the decision to hang up after a brilliant career in which the defender won 13 major titles.

And the Blues plan to discuss a possible return to the club for a player who at some point was widely recognized as the best left back in the world.

Ashley Cole confirmed his retirement from football live on TV while working as an expert for Sky

Ashley Cole confirmed his retirement from football live on TV while working as an expert for Sky

Cole spent six months on loan in Derby County last season, making nine appearances

Cole spent six months on loan in Derby County last season, making nine appearances

Cole spent six months on loan in Derby County last season, making nine appearances

Chelsea have not made their trick a secret to see how the players who changed their history during the Roman Abramovich era return in a certain capacity once their match days are over.

Champions League winners Lampard and Petr Cech, who were appointed as technical and performance advisers, returned to Chelsea in the summer.

Chelsea have also left the door open for legendary striker Didier Drogba to return to the club in the future, while Claude Makelele and Paulo Ferreira are also part of the coaching lineup.

Cole will now likely make contact with former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard at Chelsea

Cole will now likely make contact with former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard at Chelsea

Cole will now likely make contact with former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard at Chelsea

Ashley Cole honors

Premier League (2002, 2004, 2010)

FA Cup (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)

League Cup (2007)

Champions League (2012)

England caps (107)

Cole, who made 694 games for the senior club over a 21-year career, has already completed ambassador work for Chelsea on their pre-season tour of the Far East – a clear indication that lines of communication between the club and their former player are open .

But Cole, who played 107 games for England, made it clear that he planned to start a coaching career and said: ‘After a long pondering, it was time to hang up my boots and look forward to my next chapter, hopefully coaching that.

“I’m currently doing the course and now I want to be great as a coach.”

Chelsea would help Cole, who was famous as part of Arsenal’s all-conquering Invincibles side, complete his UEFA qualifications.

Frankly, the gap that Cole left after leaving for Roma in 2014 has never been filled enough.

The best moment of Cole's brilliant career was the withdrawal of the Champions League in 2012

The best moment of Cole's brilliant career was the withdrawal of the Champions League in 2012

The best moment of Cole’s brilliant career was the withdrawal of the Champions League in 2012

Marcos Alonso took a firm punch and played a key role in Chelsea’s 2017 title win, but he’s currently on the bench. Filipe Luis’ signing of Atletico Madrid in 2014 is said to fill the void, but to this day, Cole’s reputation still looms at Stamford Bridge.

The club’s current first choice, left back Emerson Palmieri, appears to have the raw materials to acquire the position for the foreseeable future.

He’s fast, looks solid in defense – and like Cole – is comfortable in attacking positions. At the age of 25 he blossoms. But the links with a move for Leicester’s Ben Chillwell next summer indicate that Chelsea isn’t entirely convinced.

Comparing Emerson to Cole might be a little unfair. Because Cole was a phenomenon in his prime. Fast and whimsically strong for someone standing at just 5ft 8ins. A winger’s nightmare – just ask Cristiano Ronaldo.

But those are the standards that Chelsea expects. After playing for club and country with Cole, Lampard knows that better than anyone.

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