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EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea U21 boss Viveash backed to take top job

Adi Viveash has turned heads since stepping into youth coaching at Chelsea.

The 46-year-old took the U18 job at Cobham in 2011 and has since progressed to become head coach of the successful Blues U21 setup.

During Viveash's involvement, the Chelsea academy has won three FA Youth Cups (2012, 2014 & 2015), the 2015 UEFA Youth League and the 2014 U21 Premier League which leads Glasgow-based player agent Grant Smith to suggest his former Swindon Town teammate is destined for the top in coaching and management.

"He has done an unbelievable job at Chelsea," Smith told Tribalfootball.com.

"They've won the Youth Cup the last few years and he has been in charge of the U21s.

"Some of the boys there are just too good for the youth system, and I know they've sent a lot out on loan, but I reckon Adi is in the same boat.

"He is going to get a very good job in the next couple of years and move out of the youth side of things and I think he'll do really well.

"He's shown he can win stuff and he's got an eye for a player, that's for sure."

Smith is a former Scottish midfielder who played in England with
Sheffield United, Swindon Town, Bristol City and in Scotland with Livingston, Dundee United and Ross County.

The 35-year-old has a number of talented Scottish-based players on his books including Rangers young gun Barrie McKay, Celtic tracking midfielder Aidan Nesbitt who is on loan at Partick Thistle, Dundee United forward Robbie Muirhead and Celtic defender Darnell Fisher who is currently with St Johnstone.

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