Chelsea’s chief transfer negotiator Marina Granovskaia and chairman Bruce Buck are set to remain in their roles once Todd Boehly’s takeover of the club is complete.
A consortium led by the LA Dodgers co-owner signed a purchase agreement to assume control of the Chelsea from Roman Abramovich over the weekend. The £4.25bn takeover is set to be completed before the end of May, pending government and Premier League approval.
There had been uncertainty surrounding the future of Chelsea‘s current hierarchy following the Russian-Israeli’s decision to put the club up for sale in March – especially that of chairman Buck and transfer guru Granovskaia, two of Abramovich’s most trusted lieutenants.
However, according toThe Times, Boehly wants to retain both of them as part of a new leadership team. The American businessman is said to believe their presence on the ground can provide continuity in the post-Abramovich era, with both himself and other investors based outside the UK.
Buck and Granovskaia were also key players in the takeover alongside the merchant bank managing the sale, the Raine Group, having a say in the choice of preferred bidder.
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The Times’ report adds that Boehly intends to sit on the board with Tory peer and columnist Daniel Finkelstein and PR executive Barbara Charone, who will have non-executive director roles.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Goldstein – another member of the consortium – will not be taking a place on the board initially due to his affiliation with Tottenham Hotspur. However, the property tycoon will be central to the Stamford Bridge redevelopment project.
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