Todd Boehly steps down as Chelsea’s interim sporting director


    Chelsea FC v Manchester United - Premier League
    Todd Boehly’s first season in charge of Chelsea has been a very tricky one (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

    Todd Boehly has stood down from his position as Chelsea’s interim sporting director, according to reports.

    The American businessman will naturally remain as the Blues’ chairman after leading the consortium to buy the club for £4billion last summer.

    Following the takeover, Boehly made the controversial decision to let go of much of Chelsea’s pre-existing backroom staff, including sporting director Marina Granovskaia, as well as technical and performance advisor Petr Cech.

    Boehly installed himself as ‘interim’ sporting director, promising to oversee the club’s transfer business alongside then-manager Thomas Tuchel until a permanent replacement was found.

    Six months on and the Daily Telegraph report that Boehly has now relinquished control having successfully appointed several new directors to the board.

    Christopher Vivell and Paul Winstanley have arrived from RB Leipzig and Brighton respectively, and will be joined by Joe Shields and Laurence Stewart in February once they’ve seen out their notice periods at Southampton and Monaco.

    In Boehly’s brief time in charge, Chelsea underwent a highly expensive spending spree, splashing £278.4million on new players, more in a single transfer window than previous owner Roman Abramovich ever did.

    Chelsea Unveil New Signing Benoit Badiashile
    New transfer directors Paul Winstanley and Christopher Vivell unveil new Chelsea signing Benoit Badiashile (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

    However, very few, if any, of these signings have lived up to expectations, with the likes of Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggling to settle in at Stamford Bridge.

    That has left the side languishing down in 10th in the table, 10 points off the top four, while their humiliating 4-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday means they are now out of both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

    This has all put significant pressure of manager Graham Potter but it is understood that he still has the backing of Boehly.

    At the loss at the Etihad, Chelsea supporters chanted the names of both Tuchel and Abramovich as they expressed their displeasure at the club’s recent form.

    In response, Boehly has continued to splash the cash this January, bringing in Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana.

    And it looks like he may have pulled off one more big transfer before stepping down, with reports on Monday saying that Chelsea have beaten Arsenal and Manchester United to the signing of Joao Felix.

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