Chelsea eyeing new sporting director after confirming Marina Granovskaia’s departure

Chelsea eyeing new sporting director after confirming Marina Granovskaia’s departure

Chelsea confirm Marina Granovskaia departure as Todd Boehly restructures board

Chelsea confirm Marina Granovskaia departure as Todd Boehly restructures board

Chelsea will begin the search for a new sporting director after confirming that Marina Granovskaia has stepped down as part of the club’s board changes.

As first reported by Telegraph Sport on Monday, Granovskaia has followed Bruce Buck out of Chelsea, with co-owner Todd Boehly taking over the presidency and taking over Granovskaia’s transfer and contract responsibilities until a sporting director in time. integral is named.

Chelsea have confirmed Granovskaia will remain “available” to Boehly and the club for the remainder of the transfer window, but she no longer has a position at Stamford Bridge and will not play an active role in the inbound or outbound business.

Boehly and manager Thomas Tuchel will lead this summer’s business as the club finds a new sporting director, with doubts still surrounding the future of technical and performance adviser Petr Cech, who was not mentioned in Chelsea’s statement.

Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta was once associated with the role of Chelsea’s sporting director, while the club is expected to scramble to find out the plans of Michael Edwards, who has left his post at Liverpool. Former Chelsea director of football Michael Emenalo is unemployed after turning down a role at Newcastle United.

Boehly and Tuchel’s first task will be to start the transfer business this summer after finalizing a 12-month £7m loan deal for Romelu Lukaku to return to Inter Milan.

Raheem Sterling is near the top of a list of attacking targets, which also includes Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé and Everton’s Richarlison. Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus was also offered to the club.

Boehly and Tuchel are also expected to make urgent moves for the centre-backs, with Jules Kounde and Matthijs de Ligt among an eight-man roster, and decide on the future of captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who could be replaced by Lens right-back Jonathan Clauss.

In addition to announcing Boehly as chairman and interim sporting director with Granovskaia’s departure, the Chelsea board confirmation revealed that British businessman Jonathan Goldstein has taken a seat on the board.

A statement from Chelsea, which detailed the new management, read: “The announcement includes the departure of Marina Granovskaia, director of Chelsea FC. Boehly will serve as interim sporting director until the club appoints a full-time replacement, continuing the club’s work towards its goals during the current transfer window. Chelsea FC and Ms. Granovskaia have agreed that she will remain available to Boehly and the club during the current transfer window, to the extent necessary to support the transition.”

Boehly added: “We thank Marina for her many years of excellent service to the club and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

“As guardians of Chelsea FC, we have now begun to execute on our vision and long-term plan for the club, creating an exceptional experience for its loyal and passionate fans and continuing to vie for top honors in keeping with Chelsea FC’s decorated history. Working together, side by side, we are firmly committed to winning, on and off the field. For us, that effort has begun.”

Co-owners Behdad Egbhbali and Jose Feliciano said: “As the new era of Boehly-Clearlake ownership begins, we are excited to build a championship organization and expand Chelsea FC as a global platform. We look forward to supporting Thomas Tuchel, Emma Hayes and their teams, and will provide proactive and unyielding support to make Chelsea’s loyal fans and our partners proud.”

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