Chelsea set to appoint Glenn van der Kraan from Manchester City as part of academy restructure


Chelsea are set to appoint Glenn van der Kraan from Manchester City as a prominent figure in their restructured academy set-up following the shock departures of Neil Bath and Jim Fraser.

Van der Kraan joined City from Feyenoord in 2020 as head of coaching and has established a strong reputation across the industry for his work around talent development at age-group level.

The Dutchman informed City of his decision on Thursday and will now take a significant position in the new-look organisation at Stamford Bridge.

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Van der Kraan knows Chelsea’s co-director of recruitment and talent Joe Shields from a period when they overlapped at the Etihad Stadium.

Shields rose to become City’s head of academy recruitment and talent management by the time he left for a head of senior recruitment post at Southampton in 2022, only for Chelsea to quickly make a move for the Englishman and he started with the west London side in January 2023.

Amid Bath and Fraser leaving, Shields is expected to occupy an influential role in the revamped system — which will be overseen by sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley.

Bath exits after three decades at Chelsea and has had an expanded remit since 2022, so Van der Kraan is not directly replacing him but forms part of a succession plan that the club have been working on for a considerable amount of time.

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