Premier League - Newton joins Chelsea staff

Mon, 05 Mar 12:42:00 2012

Chelsea have announced that Eddie Newton has been appointed to caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo's backroom staff until the end of the season.

2009-10 Championship West Bromwich Albion Roberto Di Matteo Eddie Newton - 0

The Blues also confirmed that fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha and chief opposition scout Daniel Sousa had left the club, the pair having been part of Andre Villas-Boas's coaching team.

Former Chelsea midfielder Newton spent almost a decade at Stamford Bridge and he and Di Matteo scored the goals that won the club the 1997 FA Cup.

The 40-year-old was also part of the League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup sides the following year, and after his playing career was ended prematurely due to injury, he returned to Chelsea with a role in the Academy.

He went on to become assistant manager under Di Matteo at both MK Dons and West Brom (pictured), leaving the Baggies when both were sacked last January.

Chelsea announced that Steve Holland would remain as assistant first-team coach and Christophe Lollichon as goalkeeping coach, while Chris Jones would step up to the role of first-team fitness coach.

Meanwhile, Juan Mata admits Chelsea have two months to save their season following Villas-Boas's sacking.

Winger Mata, who on Sunday night became the first member of the squad to comment on Villas-Boas's departure when he wished the Portuguese luck, insisted the Blues have what it takes to turn their miserable campaign around.

Chelsea's players have been accused by some of getting Villas-Boas the sack following widely-publicised claims of dressing-room unrest at Stamford Bridge. There is no suggestion Mata was part of any mutiny, the 23-year-old having been one of the first signings of Villas-Boas's tenure.

And he claimed he and his team-mates were ready to unite behind caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo and snatch fourth place in the Premier League and keep their FA Cup and Champions League dream alive.

"I think we have to start again," Mata told Chelsea TV. "We are not in a good moment, we are not in a good run of results, but we all want to change it. I think we are ready to change it.

"We have a very good squad and we have two months to achieve our objectives in the Premier League, in the FA Cup and Champions League."

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