Chelsea confirm new board and how Todd Boehly will control transfers for now

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Chelsea have confirmed the overhaul of their board of directors, with chairman Todd Boehly taking over from departing sporting director Marina Granovskaia on an interim basis.

Granovskaia's exit from club was revealed earlier this week, but she will remain on hand to help Boehly with recruitment for the rest of the summer transfer window while they search for a full-time replacement.

"As custodians of Chelsea FC, we now begin executing our long-term vision and plan for the club, creating an outstanding experience for its passionate, loyal fans, and continuing to challenge for top honours in line with Chelsea FC’s decorated history," said Boehly.

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"Working together, side-by-side, we are firmly committed to winning, both on and off the pitch. For us, that effort has begun."

He added: "We thank Marina for her many years of excellent service to the club and wish her all the best in her future ventures."

Granovskaia spent over a decade with the club, working closely alongside former owner Roman Abramovich. She was named Best Club Director in European football at the Golden Boy Awards last year.

But she has now made way following Boehly's takeover last month, with a new-look board announced. Clearlake Capital founders Behdad Eghbali and Jose E. Feliciano have been appointed co-controlling owners.

Mark Walter, Hansjorg Wyss and Jonathan Goldstein have become co-owners, while Barbara Charone, Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE and James Pade complete the board.

Bruce Buck has also left Stamford Bridge after 19 years as chairman, but will continue to act in an advisory role. New head honcho Boehly has already adopted a hands-on approach.

He oversaw the deal which is set to see Romelu Lukaku return to former club Inter Milan on loan, and will continue to control transfers for now.


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