Chelsea lose one of their gems and the key factor behind academy success

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Chelsea academy coach Dermot Drummy was tragically died on Monday morning, having worked at Stamford Bridge as a hugely successful academy, reserve and under-21 coach between 2009 and 2016, before leaving to take over Crawley Town at only 56 years of age. He was an English football coach and former professional player.

Drummy, who played as a midfielder, began his career with the youth team at Arsenal. He never made the first team at Arsenal, but did make five appearances in the Football League on loan at Blackpool. He later played non-league football for Hendon, Wealdstone, Enfield, Ware and St Albans City. While at Hendon, Drummy scored in the final of the 1988 Middlesex Senior Charity Cup.

Drummy was player-manager at Ware during the 1996–97 season. He left halfway through to become a youth coach at Arsenal,before becoming manager of the Chelsea Academy in January 2009. The academy won the 2009–10 FA Youth Cup in his second year in charge, beating the Aston Villa Academy 3–2 on aggregate — the academy’s first Youth Cup victory in 49 years. After a successful spell managing the youth team, Drummy was appointed reserve team manager in July 2011, replacing Steve Holland who went on to work with the first team.

For the 2012–13 season the old reserve team league was replaced by a new under-21 format, with Drummy taking control of that squad, as well as an under-19 team that competed in a European competition – the NextGen Series. The final of that was reached with Barcelona, Ajax, Juventus and Arsenal beaten along the way, before defeat to Aston Villa in a match held in Italy. In the 2013–14 season, Drummy won the Under-21 Premier League.

Drummy moved to the role of international head coach in June 2014.In June 2015, Drummy was offered the manager’s job at Brazilian side Bangu.He became head coach of Crawley Town in April 2016. He left in May 2017. In this time period he managed 54 games in which he had won 15 matches, 12 were drawn and he was on the losing side in 27 occasions.

Swansea boss Paul Clement, who worked closely with Drummy at Chelsea, tweeted: “Shocked to hear of the death of my former colleague from Chelsea FC, Dermot Drummy.

“Very sad. Rest In Peace.”

Antonio Conte also had shown tribute to the academy coach. “Today we had bad news that our former youth team coach, Dermot Drummy, died,” Conte said in a statement. “I want to pass my condolences to his family and friends.”

“I think it is of great importance to have this type of figure to work for Chelsea in the academy, to develop the young players. For sure, this is a big loss.

“This type of person is a great person who have great value for the club. It’s not easy to work with the young players. To work with the young players not only on the pitch.

“Maybe especially off the pitch, to teach them what is ‘life’. Yes. I think that this is, for sure… we are sorry. This person was very important for this club.”