Eddie Newton is set to join Trabzonspor as assistant coach in the coming days having agreed personal terms with the Turkish Superlig side, according to local reports.
The 48-year-old rejoined Chelsea’s first-team staff in the summer when Frank Lampard returned to the club as head coach having spent the previous three years as player technical coach at Stamford Bridge.
Newton made 214 first team appearances for the club between 1992 and 1999 having come up through the youth ranks and he most memorably scored in the FA Cup final win over Middlesbrough in 1997.
He returned to Chelsea to work in the academy after his career was ended due to a knee injury and has held a number of different roles.
He initially worked with the Under-16s and was assistant manager under Guus Hiddink and Roberto Di Matteo, winning the FA Cup and Champions League during the latter’s brief reign in charge. Newton also served as assistant manager to Di Matteo at MK Dons and West Bromwich Albion.
Having spent the previous three years working with the club’s loan players in his role as technical coach, Newton returned to the first-team set up when Lampard replaced Mauirizo Sarri in the summer.
He will be reunited with former Blues Daniel Sturridge and Jon Obi Mikel at Trabzonspor, who are currently managed by Huseyin Cimsir and won their most recent game against Kasimpasa 6-0. Alexander Sortloth, the on-loan Crystal Palace striker, scored a hat-trick.
Lampard is expected to be asked about Newton’s departure in his press conference to preview tomorrow night’s game at home to Arsenal, which you can follow live with Oliver Harbord here from 12.45pm.