Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly QUITS role as interim sporting director after disastrous summer 


BREAKING NEWS: Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly QUITS role as their interim sporting director and hands over to Christopher Vivell and Paul Winstanley to buy three new players… after disastrous £270m summer

Todd Boehly has quit his role as Chelsea’s interim sporting director, according to reports.

The Blues co-owner gave himself the position after the exits of Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech’s last summer, and he has since led transfer negotiations at the west London club.

Despite emptying his pockets on £270million worth of new acquisitions including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella, Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana this summer, Chelsea find themselves 10th in the league, 10 points adrift of Manchester United in fourth.

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has relinquished his title as the club’s interim sporting director

After hiring a new recruitment team to oversee negotiations, Boehly has stepped down from the position and will just continue as chairman at Stamford Bridge, according to The Telegraph.  

Boehly and his co-owner Behdad Eghbali will still take part in Chelsea’s spending, but Paul Winstanley, who was appointed as the club’s director of global talent and transfers, and new technical director Christopher Vivell will now be tasked with leading the Blues’ recruitment strategy. 

Last week, the pair were pictured alongside Chelsea’s new star Benoit Badiashile, who agreed a seven-year deal with the club following his £35million move from Monaco.

Paul Winstanley (L) and Christopher Vivell (R) pictured with Chelsea signing Benoit Badiashile

Paul Winstanley (L) and Christopher Vivell (R) pictured with Chelsea signing Benoit Badiashile

Joe Shields, the club’s co-director of recruitment and talent, and Laurence Stewart, who holds the title of ‘technical director to focus on football globally’, will work with Vivell and Winstanley on Chelsea’s transfer strategy.

The west London club are in the market for a right-back to deputise for injured star defender Reece James, and the recruitment team would also like to bolster Graham Potter’s squad with a new midfielder and wide forward.

According to The Athletic, Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement with Atletico Madrid to sign Joao Felix on loan until the end of the season, seemingly beating Manchester United and Arsenal to the highly sought after Portuguese forward.

The board are backing Graham Potter despite his side's 4-0 defeat by Man City in the FA Cup

The board are backing Graham Potter despite his side’s 4-0 defeat by Man City in the FA Cup

Chelsea’s chiefs remain supportive of Potter despite his side’s disappointing 4-0 defeat against Manchester City in the FA Cup third round on Monday. 

It is understood Boehly and the board are aware of Chelsea’s ongoing injury crisis, which has left Potter without key players such as James, N’Golo Kante, Fofana and Ben Chilwell.

Sterling, who limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s Premier League defeat against Manchester City last week, is expected to miss out for a few weeks also.

Chelsea have struck a verbal agreement for the loan signing of Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid

Chelsea have struck a verbal agreement for the loan signing of Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid

Aware that Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta were all given time at Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, the Stamford Bridge chiefs are prepared to play the long game with the ex-Brighton boss.

Meanwhile, Chelsea supporters vented their frustration by chanting the names of former manager Thomas Tuchel and owner Roman Abramovich during Monday’s lacklustre performance at the Etihad.

Potter will hope to alleviate the pressure with a convincing win against in-form Fulham at Craven Cottage on Thursday,  

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