Joe Edwards - Development squad manager

Formerly the Under-18 coach, Joe Edwards took charge of the development squad in the summer of 2017.

A former Chelsea schoolboy player who has been a part of the Academy coaching staff since 2004, he was handed the reins of the Under-18 side for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, in which the FA Youth Cup was won twice.

In his first season in charge of the side, we overcame Manchester City in a two-legged final. Our place in the final had been secured in the most dramatic fashion; trailing 3-0 on aggregate against Tottenham we managed to turn the tie around, eventually progressing courtesy of a stunning second-leg display at Stamford Bridge.

The following year, we advanced comfortably through the competition, beating Manchester United 5-1 away in round four. City were the opposition again in the final and a 4-2 aggregate win sealed another trophy triumph. The youth team were also Under-18 Premier League south winners in both years.

Edwards spent the 2016/17 campaign working as loan player technical coach, liaising closely with several players and coaching staff at their temporary clubs. He was also part of the England Under-18 backroom coaching staff that helped the young Lions win the Toulon Tournament this summer.