Lee Carsley has been appointed the England u21 head coach with Ashley Cole appointed as his assistant. Carsley previously managed the U20 team. he will replace Aidy Boothroyd who stepped down after five years in charge when they were knocked out of the U21 European Championship. Ashley Cole will take up his first major coaching job after retiring in 2019.
“I see it as a massive honor and achievement to coach the Under-21s,” Lee Carsley said after he was appointed as the England U21 coach. “It is a really prestigious position with a lot of responsibility as has been proven by the caliber of predecessors in this role. Gareth (Southgate) and Steve Holland have always been very supportive and I am looking forward to working more closely with them.”
“We have a great opportunity to help the senior side by developing the best young talent in this country while combining that with being successful at U21 level,” he added. “We want to win matches. I don’t think you can have one without the other, these lads want to compete at the highest level and test themselves against the best.”
Ashley Cole won 107 caps for the England national team will continue his role as coaching the U15 Chelsea team. Cole had taken the England Football Learning’s International Player to Coach (IP2C) programme earlier this year. The program helps former players to transit into coaching.
“I am really happy to get this opportunity to support Lee and work with the best youngsters in the country,” Cole said. “I loved playing for the national team and to now get the chance to work as an England coach is a special feeling. St George’s Park is an amazing place and I can’t wait to get started. I want to do my best to help young players to develop, and also learn from some brilliant people at the same time.”