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Chelsea really close to appointing a new director of recruitment

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Chelsea are very close to appointing former Manchester City head recruiter, Joe Shields, as their new director of recruitment

It’s been a whirlwind year for Chelsea. Owner Roman Abramovic was forced to sell the club due to sanctions due to the Russian-Ukraine war. A consortium led by Todd Boehly, and Hansjborg Wyss, Clearke Capital acquired the club on 30 May 2022. The new owners have made a lot of changes to the hierarchy. The departure of important figures such as Marina Granovskaia, Petr Cech, and Bruce Buck has left gaping holes in the Chelsea management hierarchy. Todd Boehly assumed the reign as the Sporting director temporarily. Now, he will relinquish some control to more capable and experienced hands. One such soon-to-be member of the Chelsea hierarchy is Joe Shields who will join as the director of recruitment.

The new owners of Chelsea are adding more and more new faces to the Chelsea board following their acquisition of the club. Chelsea are ‘really close‘ to appointing a new director of recruitment. For this, they have turned to Southampton’s current head of recruitment, Joe Shields. Joe Shields is the latest appointment in what is likely to be a line of many new faces in the upper hierarchy. Shields has worked with top Premier League clubs such as Crystal Palace, Fulham, and Manchester City.

Shields had joined Southampton just three months back. He has helped the club sign top-class youth players from Manchester City. Romeo Lavia who Chelsea wanted to sign on the deadline day (now refuted by Matt Law), was also signed due to the foresight shown by Shields. He will continue to do the same for his new club as well. His main work at Stamford Bridge will include the identification of world-class talents. Chelsea also appointed Christopher Vivell as their technical director. The new owners expect Shields, Vivell, and Graham Potter to work together for the betterment o the club. Chelsea also wants to appoint a new sporting director before the World Cup. According to many reports, Graham Potter will have a significant say in the appointment.

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