Marina Granovskaia will leave Chelsea | Co-Owner Todd Boehly Named President and Interim Sporting Director | football news

Chelsea have confirmed that director Marina Granovskaia will leave the club at the end of the summer transfer window, with co-owner Todd Boehly named interim chairman and sporting director.

Granovskaia, who rose to fame as one of football’s toughest negotiators during Roman Abramovich’s reign, will remain available to support Boehly during the current transfer window.

Boehly will serve as sporting director until the club names a full-time replacement.

“We thank Marina for her many years of excellent service to the club and wish her all the best in her future endeavours,” Boehly said in a statement.

Newly confirmed Chelsea board members

Behdad Eghbali and Jose E. Feliciano (co-controlling owners of Chelsea and co-founders and managing partners of Clearlake Capital)

Mark Walter (part owner of Chelsea, co-founder and CEO of Guggenheim Partners, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Sparks)

Hansjorg Wyss (part owner of Chelsea and founder of the Wyss Foundation)

jonathan goldstein (part owner of Chelsea, co-founder and CEO of Cain International)

Barbara Charone (director and co-founder of MBC PR)

Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE (columnist and former executive editor of The Times)

james pad (Partner and Managing Director of Clearlake Capital)

Chelsea confirmed the departure of chairman Bruce Buck on Monday, with Boehly replacing him in the role. Buck will continue to support the club as a senior advisor.

“I am proud to have helped Chelsea achieve great success on the pitch and make a positive impact in the community,” Buck said.

Boehly added: “Bruce has taken Chelsea Football Club to the highest levels of national and international football, while developing one of the most active social responsibility projects in sport.

“We thank Bruce for his service and his commitment to the club.”

Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia (left) and chairman Bruce Buck (right) leave the club

All the major figureheads from the Boehly-Clearlake Capital consortium have been added to Chelsea’s new board of directors, as the West London club’s new era continues to gather pace.

“As custodians of Chelsea FC, we now begin to execute on our long-term vision and plan for the club, creating an exceptional experience for its loyal and passionate fans, and continuing to challenge for top honors in line with Chelsea FC’s dedicated history. “, said. Boehly.

“Working together, side by side, we are firmly committed to winning, both on and off the field. For us, that effort has begun.”

Clearlake bosses and Chelsea co-controlling owners Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano have also been added to the Blues’ new board of directors.

Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Mark Walter, Swiss tycoon Hansjorg Wyss and British tycoon Jonathan Goldstein have been officially named to the Chelsea board.

Music industry leader Barbara Charone and fellow Tory columnist Daniel Finkelstein have also been 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.”

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Dharmesh Sheth gives the latest transfer developments on Romelu Lukaku’s possible return to Inter Milan

As interim sporting director, Boehly is understood to have already played the role in a practical way, playing a key role in the decision to allow Romelu Lukaku to rejoin Inter Milan on loan.

Chelsea decided to let the Belgium international leave the club following talks between Boehly and head coach Thomas Tuchel, and Boehly and the player.

Boehly and Tuchel wanted to figure out Lukaku’s future quickly so they could focus on strengthening the team this summer.

Marina Granovskaia’s departure will be felt at Chelsea

Melissa Reddy, Senior Reporter for Sky Sports News:

A “silent powerhouse” is the label that one of the leading sporting directors labeled Marina Granovskaia for having heard about her negotiating prowess from various agents before experiencing it himself.

Roman Abramovich’s trusted lieutenant is leaving Chelsea, where she controlled day-to-day dealings and was his transfer chief, in what is a significant loss for the club.

The Russian-Canadian executive has been the most influential woman in the Premier League, and quite possibly in European football, but she is fiercely secretive and has never courted publicity.

Chelsea’s astonishing success, fueled by Abramovich’s riches, was marked by Granovskaia’s decisions. She pulled the strings when the club moved to their Cobham training complex, which opened in 2007 and was even instructive in the lucrative long-term sponsorship deal secured with Nike.

Granovskaia was key in building the relationship with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, who have acted as a development hub for Chelsea’s young talent.

His ability to push through a tough deal can be seen in the Stamford Bridge team’s sales – Real Madrid agreed to pay up to £130m, including bonuses, for Eden Hazard in the final year of his contract – and in their status as leaders of the league. in expense benefits.

Chelsea games: Lampard’s Everton first, then Spurs

Chelsea kick off the 2022/23 season with a trip to Frank Lampard’s Everton live sky sports before hosting London rivals Spurs in their first home game.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will meet blues legend Lampard at Goodison Park on August 6 at 5.30pm, before Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge a week later.

Chelsea host Liverpool in west London on September 17, Manchester United on October 22 and Arsenal on November 5.

Their last game before the month-long World Cup break is at Newcastle, and they continue their campaign on Boxing Day against newly promoted Bournemouth.

Chelsea travel to Tottenham on February 25 and Arsenal on April 29, the latter being the start of an extraordinary last five games that include Manchester City away on the penultimate weekend of the season and Newcastle at home. the last day.

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