The new Chelsea FC owner is reportedly looking for a new sporting director to replace Maria Granovskaia. Todd Boehly already started planning as the club will usher into a new era without Roman Abramovich. Other than the Russian oligarch, his right-hand ally will also look to step down from her role at the club.
Granovskaia will exit the Stamford Bridge outfit alongside Bruce Buck. Both have been serving the London club for a long time as directors in their specific roles. After the takeover of Boehly and the Clearlake Capital consortium, none will continue their roles at the club.
The Russian businesswoman is well-known in the footballing circuit because of her leading the club’s transfer negotiations. Recently, she also won the award for Best Sporting Director at Golden Boy awards.
Whom can Boehly bring?
Many expected Boehly to convince her to stay at the club and oversee the transition period smoothly. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. According to Sport Bild, ‘Boehly is preparing for Granovskaia’s August exit with the appointment of Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta who is being eyed as her natural heir.’
The claims of an August exit date may seem off the cards. But firing her in the summer transfer window might be disastrous for the club as well. Chelsea will enter one of the biggest transfer windows in the recent seasons and keeping her is a safer option, no doubt.
“This will not be my choice. This is part of it. I can only tell you until now it was an excellent relationship that worked so well for me and also hopefully the two others to take these decisions and have updates in a small circle of communication and responsibility. Hopefully it will stay like this but I have no influence in it, no information if it will.”
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