Ghana and Chelsea legend Michael Essien has began managerial duties at Danish club FC Nordsjaelland, according to latest pictures shared by the club on their social media handles.
Essien, 38, signed a fresh contract at the Farum-based club in June as he protracted his stay at the club where he was signed as a player-coach in 2020.
The UEFA Champions League winner is currently occupying a managerial role at the club as one of the managers responsible for getting players ready for the first team.
Essien becomes the latest former Ghana international to join the ranks of Nordsjaelland’s coaching staff following in the footsteps of Otto Addo, ex-Hearts of Oak midfield maestro Laryea Kingston and 2010 FIFA World Cup star Derek Boateng.
The former Real Madrid, AC Milan and Chelsea star midfielder cuts his teeth in the dugout and is expected to have a big career in coaching to follow in the footsteps of many ex-players who are overtaking football clubs after ending their playing careers.
Essien’s ex-Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard has risen to high level coaching after managing Chelsea last season while Steven Gerrard, who also played actively during the playing days of Essien, won the Scottish title with Rangers last season and is set to play in the UEFA Champions League.
John Terry, who was Chelsea’s captain during Essien’s spell at the Stamford Bridge club, has also ventured into coaching.
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