Todd Boehly will act as interim sporting director to manage Chelsea’s summer transfer deals.
The Chelsea co-owner has been confirmed as the club’s new chairman from Stamford Bridge, replacing Bruce Buck.
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Marina Granovskaia has also been confirmed as stepping down from his directorship, leaving American magnate Boehly to lead Chelsea’s recruitment negotiations during this summer’s transfer window.
All of the leading figures in the Boehly-Clearlake Capital consortium have been added to Chelsea’s new board as the west London club’s new era continues to gather pace.
“As Chelsea FC goalkeepers, we now begin to implement our long-term vision and plan for the club, creating an exceptional experience for its passionate and loyal fans, and continuing to strive for the highest honours. in line with Chelsea FC’s dedicated history,” Boehly said.
“Working together, side by side, we are firmly committed to winning, both on and off the pitch. For us, this effort has begun.
Clearlake chiefs and Chelsea co-owners Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano have also been added to the Blues‘ new board.
Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Mark Walter, Swiss tycoon Hansjorg Wyss and British tycoon Jonathan Goldstein have all been officially named to Chelsea’s board.
Music industry supremo Barbara Charone and conservative peer and columnist Daniel Finkelstein were also added to the board, along with Clearlake Capital partner James Pade.
“As the new era of Boehly-Clearlake ownership begins, we are excited to build a Championship organization and grow Chelsea FC as a global platform,” said Eghbali and Feliciano.
“We look forward to supporting Thomas Tuchel, Emma Hayes and their teams, and will provide proactive and unwavering support to make loyal Chelsea fans and our partners proud.”
Chelsea will now begin the search for a permanent sporting director, with Granovskaia leaving the club after nearly 20 years at Stamford Bridge.
Granovskaia rose to prominence as one of football’s toughest negotiators during Roman Abramovich’s reign at Chelsea.
“Boehly will function as interim sporting director until the club appoints a full-time replacement, continuing the club’s work towards its objectives during the current transfer window,” Chelsea’s statement read.
Granovskaia will remain at Chelsea’s disposal during the current transfer window to help the club’s major transition.
“We thank Marina for her many years of excellent service to the club and wish her the best in her future endeavours,” Boehly said.