Director Marina Granovskaia set to leave Chelsea

Marina Granovskaia is set to leave Chelsea as Todd Boehly prepares to succeed Bruce Buck as chairman, according to the PA news agency.

Chelsea co-owner Boehly is reportedly ready to step in as chairman when Buck steps down at the end of the month.

Manager Granovskaia is now believed to be preparing to leave the Stamford Bridge club, as the Boehly/Clearlake Capital consortium continues its overhaul at the west London club.

Granovskaia has led transfer negotiations for the past few years, earning the respect of the football administration community for striking tough but fair deals.

Boehly’s desire for practical stewardship at Stamford Bridge is underscored both by Buck’s stepping back from the presidency and now by Granovskaia’s early exit.

Buck has worked at Chelsea for nearly 20 years and will remain with the Blues in an advisory capacity when he leaves the presidency.

Buck has reportedly earned a lot of respect from new Chelsea consortium chiefs Boehly and Clearlake Capital during the club’s record £4.25billion sale process.

Boehly, 48, has reportedly found himself highly engaged and fascinated by the challenge ahead at Chelsea, which has prompted him to move into the central role of chairman.

Buck helped negotiate the purchase of Chelsea by Roman Abramovich in 2003, before becoming chairman as the Blues became a dominant global force.

The New York-born lawyer was on hand as the Blues won 21 men’s trophies and 12 women’s titles under the Abramovich era.

“I’m proud to have helped Chelsea achieve great success on the pitch and have a positive impact on the community,” Buck said.

“Now is the time to step aside and let the new owners build on the solid foundations we have in place.

“The owners have a compelling vision for the future of Chelsea, and I look forward to helping them achieve it in this new role alongside our incredible staff, players, coaches and supporters.”

Todd Boehly, pictured, will again underline his pivotal role at Chelsea with an expected stint as chairman (Adam Davy/PA)

Boehly’s expected transition to the presidency will add even more clarity to the Blues’ leadership structure, with the Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner in line for central influence in all aspects of club administration.

Clearlake Capital co-founder Behdad Eghbali’s strong relationship with Boehly underpinned the Blues’ new ownership structure from the start.

Clearlake’s confidence in Boehly’s vision for Chelsea has enabled the American tycoon to take on the most prominent public role in the new Stamford Bridge setup.

And Boehly assuming the presidency only further cements those relationships.

New Chelsea chief Boehly hailed Buck’s influence in west London, as much for helping oversee the long-running Say No To Anti-Semitism and No To Hate campaigns.

“Bruce led Chelsea Football Club to the highest levels of international and domestic football, while developing one of the most active social responsibility projects in sport,” Boehly said.

“We thank Bruce for his service and commitment to the club.”

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