Ex-Chelsea and Lyon midfielder Michael Essien has started his coaching career at FC Nordjaelland in the Danish league. Michael Essien has embarked on his first coaching role after being named the assistant manager at the Danish top flight club.

Michael Essien posted images of him on the touchline during preseason with FC Nordjaelland. The former Ghanaian national team player had been working with the Danish club since last season but his appointment as an assistant manager was not confirmed until this summer. Michael Essien has penned a two-year deal to become the FC Nordjaelland assistant manager until 2023.

Essien was on the touchline as an assistant manager when FC Nordjaelland thumped Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem 5-0 in their first game of preseason this summer in Farum. It was an impressive win for FC Nordjaelland at the expense of their Dutch Eredivisie opponents.

FC Nordjaelland registered two quick-fire goals in the opening minutes of the club friendly game before KamaldeenSulemanan scored a third goal for Michael Essien’s team just before the halftime break. Ghanaian youngster Ibrahim Sadiq and Simon Adinga were the recipient of the first and second goal respectively. The third goal was scored by Sulemanan who's the subject of interest from a lot of clubs on the European continent.Sulemanan might leave FC Nordjaelland this summer if the various European teams interested in signing him step up their interest in the young attacker.

Oliver Antman and EmekaNnamani scored in the second half for FC Nordjaelland to wrap up the big victory over Vitesse.

Michael Essien hung up his boots two years ago and he has decided to venture into coaching just like some of his former Chelsea teammates like John Terry, Paulo Ferreira, Frank Lampard and many more. Apart from Chelsea and Lyon, Essien also represented Panathinaikos, AC Milan and Real Madrid during his playing career winning several major trophies in the process.