By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Former Ghanaian International star Michael Essien has moved to the coaching side of football after he joined Danish side FC Nordsjælland as a coach-player for the 2020 /2021 season.
The 37-year-old accepted to work with Coach Flemming Pedersen after he called at the club some weeks ago as an inspirational trip in relation to him doing his coaching badges. It was there that former Chelsea midfielder decided to take up the role.
The rock solid midfielder relishes the opportunity to contribute greatly in the Club.
”I am delighted to have joined @fcnordsjaelland coaching staff as part of my development towards my full coaching licence. I will also be assisting the players on and off the pitch as part of my role.” Essien said via his twitter handle.
Sports director, Jan Laursen, says the former Real Madrid star’s visit to the club gave them the impression of the advantage he will bring into the team as a player and a coach.
”Michael left a very positive impression here during his visit and we continued the dialogue with him after he had left. We felt, he was excited by what he experienced here through our philosophy, the people he met at the club, and that our environment inspired him. At the same time, Michael’s visit gave us a clear impression of how much a coaching staff member on the pitch, as an active part of the training with the players, can contribute and add. That part we are really looking forward to further developing, and we are very happy that it can happen through and with such a football- and human capacity as Michael Essien is.”
Flemming Pedersen, the head coach of FCN, says the club anticipates the benefit the Ghanian will bring to the team.
”In the coaching staff we’ve experienced Michael Essien as both curious and hungry for knowledge before and after the training sessions, but at the same time also contributing and giving among the players during the trainings. His career and experience speak for themselves, but when you add his humble and giving personality, this is an exceptional opportunity for us to get a person added to the staff who can help make our environment even more developing for our players and also add valuable input to the coaching team and be our hand on the training pitch. We are very much looking forward to welcoming Michael to FCN.”
Essien will have his first day in Farum on the 10th of September.
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