Chelsea have confirmed manager Marina Granovskaia will leave the club at the end of the summer transfer window, with co-owner Todd Boehly appointed as interim chairman and sporting director.
Granovskaia, who rose to prominence as one of football’s toughest negotiators under Roman Abramovich, will remain available to support Boehly for the duration of the current transfer window.
Boehly will operate as sporting director until the club appoints a full-time replacement.
“We thank Marina for her many years of excellent service to the club and wish her the best in her future endeavours,” Boehly said in a statement.
Chelsea’s recently confirmed board members
Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano (co-owners controlling Chelsea and co-founders and managing partners of Clearlake Capital)
Mark Walter (co-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 (co-owner of Chelsea and founder of the Wyss Foundation)
Jonathan Goldstein (co-owner of Chelsea, co-founder and CEO of Cain International)
Barbara Charon (director and co-founder of MBC PR)
Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE (columnist and former editor of The Times)
James Pade (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 adviser.
“I’m proud to have helped Chelsea achieve great success on the pitch and to have a positive impact on the community,” Buck said.
Boehly added: “Bruce has led Chelsea Football Club to the highest levels of international and domestic football, while developing one of the most active social responsibility projects in sport.
“We thank Bruce for his service and commitment to the club.”
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, on and off the pitch. For us, that 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.”
As interim sporting director, Boehly is understood to have played the role before, playing a key role in the decision to let Romelu Lukaku join Inter Milan on loan.
Chelsea have 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 settle Lukaku’s future quickly so they could focus on strengthening the squad this summer.
Chelsea games: Lampard’s Everton first, then Spurs
Chelsea kick off 2022/23 season with trip to Everton from Frank Lampard live sky sports before hosting London rivals Spurs in their home opener.
Thomas Tuchel’s side face a meeting with Blues legend Lampard at Goodison Park on August 6, kicking off at 5.30pm, before Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge a week later.
Chelsea will host Liverpool in west London on September 17, Manchester United on October 22 and Arsenal on November 5.
Their final 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 marking the start of a bumper of the last five games, including Manchester City away on the penultimate weekend of the season and Newcastle at home on the final day.
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