FC Nordsjælland has signed the former Black Star, Lyon, Real Madrid, and Chelsea player as part of the club’s coaching staff for the season 2020/21.
A few weeks ago, 37-year-old Michael Essien visited FC Nordsjælland as an inspirational trip in relation to him doing his coaching badges.
The former Ghanaian international will join the staff in an assistant role and participate in the trainings 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.
Sports director Jan Laursen on Essien:
— Michael left a very positive impression here during his visit, and we continued the dialogue with him after he had left. We felt, he was excited by what he experienced here through our philosophy, the people he met at the club, and that our environment inspired him.
Head Coach Flemming Pedersen on Essien:
— In the coaching staff we’ve experienced Michael Essien as both curious and hungry for knowledge before and after the training sessions, but at the same time also contributing and giving among the players during the trainings.
Essien on his role:
I am delighted to have joined
FC Nordsjælland coaching staff as part of my development towards my full coaching license. I will also be assisting the players on and off the pitch as part of my role.