Joe Shields in frame for senior role as Chelsea overhaul academy structure

Neil Bath and Jim Fraser set to leave postsBath had been at Stamford Bridge since 2004

Joe Shields is in contention for a senior role in Chelsea’s revamped academy setup, with the club planning a restructure after being informed that Neil Bath and Jim Fraser are set to leave their positions.

Bath, who is widely credited with creating one of the most successful youth systems in the country, became Chelsea’s academy director in 2004 and earned a promotion in November 2022 after being made director of football development and operations. He has worked closely with Fraser, who stepped into the role of head of youth development and recruitment last year.

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