New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly appoints HIMSELF as interim sporting director


New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly appoints HIMSELF as interim sporting director as the club confirms the departure of Marina Granovskaia… with the American billionaire also named chairman of the board

  • Chelsea have announced a restructuring of their hierarchy under Boehly
  • The American has been named as the club’s chairman to replace Bruce Buck
  • He has also chosen to install himself as interim sporting director at Chelsea
  • The club confirmed the widely-expected departure of Marina Granovskaia

Todd Boehly has installed himself as interim sporting director after Chelsea confirmed the departure of Marina Granovskaia.

The Blues have announced that Granovskaia, who oversaw Chelsea’s recruitment under former Roman Abramovich, will follow ex-chairman Bruce Buck in leaving the Stamford Bridge club as part of the restructuring of their hierarchy.

New co-owner Boehly has been confirmed as the club’s new chairman but will also lead the way on Chelsea’s recruitment as interim sporting director until a permanent replacement is appointed, with manager Thomas Tuchel also handed an increased say. 

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has appointed himself as interim sporting director

Chelsea will continue to be able to call on Granovskaia until the closure of the summer window. In a statement, the club said she will ‘will ‘remain available to Boehly and the club for the duration of the current transfer window’ to help Chelsea pursue their targets, which includes Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.

Alongside Boehly, fellow co-owners Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano, of Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter, Hansjorg Wyss and Jonathan Goldstein have all been appointed to Chelsea’s new board.

They will be joined by Barbara Charone, Lord Daniel Finkelstein and James Pade.

Marina Granovskaia (left) is the latest big-name exit at Chelsea following the Boehly takeover

Marina Granovskaia (left) is the latest big-name exit at Chelsea following the Boehly takeover

The club had previously confirmed chairman Bruce Buck (L) would step down from his role this month

The club had previously confirmed chairman Bruce Buck (L) would step down from his role this month 

Boehly and Clearlake Capital appear determined to draw a line under the Roman Abramovich regime, with the three most senior personnel – Buck, Granovskaia and chief executive Guy Laurence – all leaving the club.

Buck’s departure was confirmed last Monday, and Granovskaia’s had been expected before the announcement from the club on Wednesday.

Granovskaia, in her role under Abramovich, had been lauded as ‘football’s best club director’.

A Russian-Canadian business executive, Granovskaia took a prominent role over contracts

A Russian-Canadian business executive, Granovskaia took a prominent role over contracts

Boehly and his consortium have taken a hands-on approach since the completion of the takeover

Boehly and his consortium have taken a hands-on approach since the completion of the takeover

The Russian-Canadian business executive has effectively run the club on a day to day basis. According to their website, she has ‘acted as a representative of the owner at the club and in support of the board of directors’ since her arrival in 2010.

Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that Buck and Granovskaia are set to lose out on millions in bonus payments following their departures.

A significant part of the £50million package agreed with Boehly for their work on the sale was tied to them continuing at Stamford Bridge after the takeover, and will therefore not be paid in full.

Buck and Granovskaia will still receive millions in transaction fees from the new ownership, but the speed of their exits from the club this week has taken many by surprise.

Despite stepping down as chairman, Buck will continue to support the club as a senior advisor

Despite stepping down as chairman, Buck will continue to support the club as a senior advisor

Boehly and his consortium have been hands-on since the completion of their takeover and were already involved in transfer negotiations.

‘As custodians of Chelsea FC, we now begin executing our long-term vision and plan for the Club, creating an outstanding experience for its passionate, loyal fans, and continuing to challenge for top honours in line with Chelsea FC’s decorated history,’ Boehly said.

‘Working together, side-by-side, we are firmly committed to winning, both on and off the pitch. For us, that effort has begun.’ 

More to follow.

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