Claude Makelele has departed from his role at Chelsea, where he served as both a youth coach and a technical advisor.
The former French international embarked on his coaching journey back in May 2014, taking on the position of head coach for Ligue 2 side Bastia. However, his tenure at Bastia was short-lived, lasting less than half a year as he was relieved of his duties in November 2014, following a 1–0 loss to Guingamp on November 1st.
This decision stemmed from his inability to significantly impact the club in his coaching capacity.
Before his stint at Bastia, the 50-year-old former footballer served as an assistant coach at the French Ligue 1 outfit, Paris Saint-Germain, working alongside Paul Clement.
In January 2016, Makelele assumed the role of technical director at Monaco. Subsequently, in January 2017, he reunited with Clement as an assistant coach at the Premier League club Swansea City.
Following his time at Swansea City, Makelele took on the position of head coach at the Belgian club Eupen in November 2017.
His tenure with Eupen spanned nearly two full seasons before he made the decision to depart in August 2019.
He returned to his former club, Chelsea, to serve as a youth coach and provide his expertise as a technical mentor.
“After four fulfilling years, Chelsea and I decided, by mutual consent, that it’s time for me to seek a fresh, new challenge,” Makelele wrote on his official Twitter account.
“I do want to thank the fans for their affection. Blue will always be the color of my heart; I’ll share more once I’ve set my mind on the next chapter.”