The ex-Ghana international footballer Michael Essien has earned a role as an assistant coach at the Danish club FC Nordsjælland.
The 37-year-old football star began earning his coaching badges two years ago, and was acting as a player-coach for the Azerbaijani side Sabail FK. However, the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan player has now opted to take a full-time coaching role.
A statement from Nordsjælland on Wednesday said: “FC Nordsjælland has signed the former Black Stars, Lyon, Real Madrid and Chelsea player as part of the club’s coaching staff for the season 2020/2021.
“Essien will join the staff in an assistant role and participate in the training alongside the players to help implement the drills and ideas in the best possible way, as well as contribute with new input to coaching group evaluations of the training session afterwards.”
Meanwhile, Essien has expressed his delight at being given the opportunity to start his coaching career at the Danish club.
In a Twitter post, the former midfield dynamo said he’s looking forward to taking his development as a coach to the next level.
“I am delighted to have joined FC Nordsjælland coaching staff as part of my development towards my full coaching licence. I will also be assisting the players on and off the pitch as part of my role.”
Essien was highly successful as a footballer, winning multiple League titles in England and France, as well as the UEFA Champions League.
However, it remains to be seen how he will fare after being handed his first major coaching role.
E A Alanore