According to a report from Matt Woosnam in the South London Press, Chelsea have taken highly-rated youth coach Jack Mesure away from Crystal Palace, leaving the Eagles a little short-handed for the time-being.
Still just 30, Mesure has been on the club’s books for a decade having started his coaching career at Sutton United, impressing the Eagles’ hierarchy with the highly technical nature of the sessions he put on but with the Blues clearly having been pleased with what they saw from afar, it now appears as though he’s headed across London.
It’s something of a departure for the Abramovic-run powerhouse, who are usually known as a club who look to promote from within. High-profile names currently on their coaching staff include Andy Myers, Jon Harley, Eddie Newton, Paulo Ferreira and Tore Andre Flo, making the recruitment of Mesure all the more eyebrow-raising.
As Woosnam mentions in the report at the top of the page, Mesure has followed Steve Higham in deciding to leave the club after the latter swapped south London for Manchester United recently; all of which has left Palace scrambling for cover across the youth ranks.
After seeing Dave Reddington promoted to the role of Roy Hodgson’s assistant earlier this season, Rob Quinn is temporarily taking charge of both the U15 and U16 sides, which is something the club are no doubt currently working to rectify.
As frustrating as it is, there’s little the club can do to stop youth coaches leaving for roles with the likes of Chelsea or Manchester United if their hearts are set on it. Given the financial muscle institutions like theirs have, compensation is never going to be a serious hurdle and for many, it is seen as the next step on the career coaching ladder.
Let’s hope we don’t leave it too long to fill the hole Mesure is leaving.