'I worked with him': TalkSPORT pundit delivers his verdict on Ashley Cole's coaching as he's set to join Everton
Jamie O’Hara lauded Ashley Cole as a coach amidst his reported move from Chelsea to Everton.
Speaking to Sky Sports (as relayed by Football Daily), the former midfielder turned talkSPORT pundit praised Cole’s capability and credentials to help Frank Lampard in his new role.
Lampard pinching from Chelsea’s pocket
The legendary left-back is close to reuniting with his former teammate at Goodison Park, as Lampard continues to build his backroom staff as Rafa Benitez’s successor.
Sky Sports report that Cole’s arrival upon Merseyside could be announced today.
If this is the case, the 41-year-old will be leaving his role in Chelsea’s academy, but may keep hold of his England Under-21 coaching job.
Lampard has already managed to coop one of Cobham’s finest in the form of Joe Edwards, plus Paul Clement, Carlo Ancelotti’s right-hand man during the highly prosperous 2009/10 season.
With Duncan Ferguson also on board, the Toffees seem to be in extremely good hands.
Especially if Cole becomes part of the gang, with O’Hara highlighting the seven-time FA Cup winner’s aptitude as a managerial support.
“I did my UEFA coaching badges with Ashley Cole and he was fantastic. His knowledge of the game is incredible,” said the ex-Billericay Town boss.
“His defensive side and technical aspects of knowing where to put yourself, how to set up drills defensively for coaching was absolutely phenomenal.
“And the fact it’s Ashley Cole, probably the best left-back we’ve seen in the Premier League. So, incredible experience to bring in just on that note for Lampard.
“I worked with him, I saw him coach day in, day out and I thought he was absolutely exceptional.
“I know he went to Chelsea and I heard he kicked on and got even better. For me, fantastic move for him and Lampard has got a star in the making for coaching, for sure.”
Learning in Cole’s classroom
Two Everton players who are surely going to benefit most from Cole’s imminent arrival are young full-back pairing Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson.
Both were bought in January to possibly battle for the vacant left-back slot given up by Luca Digne.
Whilst Lampard’s two youthful recruits are set to benefit from Cole’s presence, Chelsea’s own junior signing has just missed out on some expert teaching.
Dylan Williams was one of the only incomings to Stamford Bridge last month, the teenager having been brought over from Derby County.
Williams will likely go straight into the Under-23s to cover the left wing-back role, rather than playing understudy to Marcos Alonso in the first team.
Oh, how he would’ve loved to have worked alongside Cole.