Adi Viveash: Development Squad Manager
Previously youth team manager, Adi Viveash took charge of the club's Under-21 squad from the beginning of the 2014/15 season.
He was also in charge of the Under-19s for their UEFA Youth League campaign at the start of that season, which they won courtesy of a 3-2 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the final. With only one defeat across 20 games in the competition over two years, he led the side to defend the trophy a year later when we beat Paris Saint-Germain in Switzerland.
During his three years looking after the youth team, they won the prestigious FA Youth Cup twice - in 2012 when a 4-1 aggregate victory over Blackburn in the final put the seal on a memorable tournament which included a comeback from 3-0 down against Nottingham Forest, and in 2014 when again great character and ability was needed to overcome Fulham 7-6 on aggregate in the final. In 2013 they were also in the final but lost to Norwich.
In the league campaigns, Viveash's time as youth team manager was characterised by chances given to promising schoolboy players, with 20 featuring in 2013/14, including eight Under-15s. Eight of the Under-16s made 10 or more appearances,
Viveash has worked in Chelsea's Academy since 2008/09, helping to coach all ages from Under-12s up to reserves where he was assistant to Steve Holland when the national Reserve League title was won, while also assisting Dermot Drummy when the FA Youth Cup was lifted in 2010.
He became youth team manager in July 2011 when Drummy moved up to take over the reserves, and followed into the Under-21 role when Drummy became international head coach. In the summer of 2016, his group became known as the development squad after changes to the Under-21 league structure, most notably an increase in the age eligibility rules to Under-23.
Adi’s playing career began at Swindon Town, where he joined as an apprentice in 1986. He was handed his debut by manager Ossie Ardiles in 1990 and represented the club up until 1995.
Following loan spells at both Reading and Barnsley, he then moved to Walsall where he was made club captain and led the side to promotion to Division One in 1999. He went on to enjoy a five-year spell with the Midland outfit.
Another move to Reading, this time on a permanent basis, followed, where he was part of their promotion-winning side in 2002, before he returned to Swindon.
When his second spell at Swindon came to an end, Viveash moved to Aldershot, before bringing the curtain down on his playing career at Cirencester Town. He remained at the club as first team manager for 18 months before moving to the Chelsea Academy in 2008.