Chelsea will start looking for a new sporting director now that they know Marina Granovskaia has left her job because the club’s board is changing.
As first reported by Telegraph Sport on Monday, Granovskaia has left Chelsea along with Bruce Buck. Co-owner Todd Boehly has taken over as chairman and will handle transfers and contracts until a full-time sporting director is hired.
Some of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals were surprised when Boehly named himself acting sporting director. Now, meetings will be held to decide who will be named for the full-time job.
Chelsea said that Granovskaia will be “available” to Boehly and the club for the rest of the transfer window. However, she no longer has a job at Stamford Bridge and won’t be involved in bringing players in or sending them out.
Boehly and head coach Thomas Tuchel will be in charge of this summer’s business while the club looks for a new sporting director. The future of Petr Cech, who was not mentioned in Chelsea’s statement and will talk to the new owners about his future, is still uncertain.
Andrea Berta of Atletico Madrid has already been linked to the role of sporting director at Chelsea. The club is also likely to try to find out what Michael Edwards, who left his job at Liverpool, plans to do next. Michael Emenalo, who used to be the director of football at Chelsea, doesn’t have a job now because he turned down a job offer at Newcastle United.
After finalizing a £7 million, 12-month loan deal for Romelu Lukaku to go back to Inter Milan, Boehly and Tuchel’s first job will be to start bringing in new players this summer.
Raheem Sterling is one of the top attacking targets, along with Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona and Richarlison of Everton. Gabriel Jesus, who Arsenal is interested in, has also been offered to the club.
Boehly and Tuchel also need to make quick moves for defenders. Jules Kounde and Matthijs de Ligt are two of the eight candidates. They also need to decide what will happen with captain Cesar Azpilicueta. Lens right-back Jonathan Clauss could replace him.
With Granovskaia’s departure, the Chelsea board confirmed that Boehly has taken over as chairman and interim sporting director. They also confirmed that British businessman Jonathan Goldstein has joined the board.
In a statement about the new board, Chelsea said, “The news includes Marina Granovskaia’s departure as director of Chelsea FC. Boehly will work as the club’s interim sporting director until a full-time replacement is found. During the current transfer window, he will keep the club working toward its goals.
“Chelsea FC and Ms. Granovskaia have agreed that she will be available to Boehly and the club for the rest of the transfer window, to the extent that is needed to help the transition.”
Boehly added, “We want to thank Marina for all the years she has done a great job for the club and wish her the best for the future.”
“As caretakers of Chelsea FC, we are now putting our long-term vision and plan for the club into action. We want to give the club’s passionate, loyal fans an amazing experience and continue to compete for top honors, just like Chelsea FC has in the past. We are determined to win, both on and off the field, and we work together to do so. This work has already begun for us.”
Behdad Egbhbali and Jose Feliciano, two of the co-owners, said, “As the Boehly-Clearlake ownership starts a new era, we are excited to build a championship team and make Chelsea FC a global platform.” We’re looking forward to supporting Thomas Tuchel, Emma Hayes, and their teams, and we’ll do everything we can to make Chelsea’s fans and our business partners proud.