CHELSEA'S new manager, likely to be Frank Lampard, will get his first chance to oversee his players in Dublin next month as the Europa League winners have agreed to play pre-season friendly games against Bohemians and St Patrick's Athletic.
The London club will take on Bohs at Dalymount Park on Wednesday July 10 (kick-off 7.45pm), and then face St Pat's on Saturday July 13 (kick-off 2.0pm) at Richmond Park.
Chelsea are playing those games as they will be based in Carton House for the first part of their pre-season programme.
The Premier League side, currently without a manager, were in Dublin last summer, as they faced Arsenal at Lansdowne Road but they have agreed to play the two SSE Airtricity League sides this summer, Chelsea promising to bring a full-strength squad to the city for the Bohs and St Pat's games.
After the Ireland trip, Chelsea head to Japan where they play J League champions Kawasaki in Yokohama on July 19 and Barcelona on July 23.
Tickets for both Dublin games are on sale now via www.bohemiansfc.com and www.stpatsfc.com and will cost €30 for adults and €15 for children Under-13 (Bohemians) and Under-12 (St Pat's).