Chelsea fans left bemused by club’s bizarre 1:37am timing to announce Todd Boehly’s takeover


Chelsea fans are left bemused by club’s bizarre timing to announce Todd Boehly’s takeover, with Blues confirming the news at 1:37AM on Saturday… while others thank Roman Abramovich for his time as owner

Chelsea supporters have been left bemused by the club’s bizarre timing to announce that Todd Boehly has agreed to acquire the club in a proposed £4.25billion deal.

Boehly’s consortium was named as the preferred bidder to take over at Stamford Bridge by the Raine Group, the American bank who are overseeing the sale. He has partnered with fellow Dodgers owner Mark Walter, Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss as well as investment firm Clearlake Capital. 

Boehly saw off competition from consortiums fronted by Stephen Pagliuca and Sir Martin Broughton and even a late £4.25bn bid from Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe. 

With just UK Government and Premier League approval needed, the Blues took to their official website to confirm the monumental news in the early hours of Saturday morning – but the decision to do it at 1:37am left many scratching their heads.

One fan wrote: ‘Chelsea announcing the sale of the club at 1:30am on a Saturday sure is a thing.’

Another asked: ‘So why was the sale of Chelsea announced at 2 am London time?’

One Chelsea fan suggested the timing was down to the club’s new American connection.

Chelsea confirmed Todd Boehly has agreed to acquire the club in a £4.25billion deal 

However the decision to announce the news at 1:37am on Saturday left fans confused

However the decision to announce the news at 1:37am on Saturday left fans confused

They wrote: ‘Club statement at 1:37 – welcome, Chelsea, to America.’ Another fan said: ‘Well guess that’s what we get under American ownership.’

While many were left confused as to the timing, other Chelsea supporters took the time to thank Roman Abramovich for all he had done for the club during his 19-year tenure.

Abramovich, who has helped turn Chelsea into a footballing juggernaut in world football, put the club up for sale on March 2 after he was sanctioned by the UK Government on March 10 after Downing Street claimed to have proven links between the Russian oligarch and Vladimir Putin, who has invaded Ukraine.

The Chelsea takeover saga has ended with Roman Abramovich completing the sale to Boehly

The Chelsea takeover saga has ended with Roman Abramovich completing the sale to Boehly

Other Chelsea fans used the opportunity to thank Abramovich for his 19 years as owner

Other Chelsea fans used the opportunity to thank Abramovich for his 19 years as owner

Despite this, Chelsea fans applauded the Russian billionaire for letting the sale take place and paving the way for others to help the club succeed.

One fan wrote: ‘Thank you Roman for allowing this easy sale to take place, making sure the future of the team is safe with the terms you put and paving the way for new owners to be successful from day one. Excited for this new era of Chelsea.’

Another simply put ‘thank you’ followed by a number of pictures of Abramovich and the trophies Chelsea had won under his regime.

A Twitter user added: ‘He Lived Chelsea .. He was one of ours ..Will miss you Roman.’

Some social media users called on Boehly to continue the legacy left by Abramovich

Some social media users called on Boehly to continue the legacy left by Abramovich

Several supporters on social media urged Boehly to ‘continue the legacy’ left by Abramovich by bringing success to the club.

‘Todd Boehly literally has to give his everything for Chelsea to even match Roman’s standards,’ said one. ‘Benchmark set by Roman is highest of all. Even Sheikh Mansoor can splash cash, but he can never love his club like Roman did. Becoming a living god in the eyes of fans isn’t simple.’

Another called for Chelsea to make West Ham star Declan Rice their first signing under new ownership.

Others were more cautious, with one writing: ‘The proof of the pudding is in the eating, I’ll reserve my judgment until I see their plans in action. Other than that, welcome to our beloved football club Todd, let’s get started.’

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