American Todd Boehle, owner of Chelsea, has also been appointed as the club’s new president, succeeding compatriot Bruce Buck as interim sporting director after the Blues confirmed the departure of Marina Granovskaya on Wednesday.
Canadian-Russian ‘Iron Lady’ moniker Granovskaya is stepping down amid a major reshuffle at Stamford Bridge, leaving new owner Pain the task of negotiating a Chelsea transfer.
All prominent members of the Bohli-Clearlake Capital consortium have joined Chelsea’s new board of directors following its purchase from former Russian owner Roman Abramovich.
“As the custodian of Chelsea Football Club, we are now beginning to realize our long-term vision and plan for the development of the club, providing our passionate and dedicated fans with an unforgettable experience and continuing to compete for the greatest trophies in line with Chelsea’s committed history. “Bule said in a statement.
Chelsea will now start searching for a permanent sporting director following Granovskaya’s departure after nearly 20 years at Stamford Bridge, during which she became one of Abramovich’s top football negotiators.
Chelsea said in a statement: “Böhle will serve as interim sporting director until the club appoints a permanent replacement to continue the club’s work towards achieving its goals during the current transfer period.”
Granovskaya will stay in the current window to help with the transition.
The London club is gearing up for a busy transfer summer. Reports have indicated that Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku is close to returning to Inter after a disappointing season in the English capital.
The club, which finished third in the league last season, are linked with French defender Jules Condé, Sevilla defender Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona striker and Raheem Sterling of Manchester City’s champions rivals Manchester City.