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Todd Boehly appointed interim sporting director at Chelsea with Marina Granovskaia to leave

Chelsea have appointed Todd Boehly as their interim sporting director – while confirming Marina Granovskaia’s departure.

Granovskaia, who has been at Chelsea since 2003, and typically leads the club’s transfer and contract negotiations, will remain available to the club until the end of the window.

The Athletic revealed on Monday evening that Granovskaia’s exit had been confirmed, following that of long-time chairman Bruce Buck earlier in the day.

Boehly will take over Granovskaia’s role in an interim capacity, with Chelsea intending to find “a full-time replacement”.

The new co-owner has also been named as chairman of the board, with eight other appointments to Chelsea’s leadership team confirmed.

These are:

  • Behdad Eghbali, Jose Feliciano, and James Pade, managing partners of Clearlake Capital
  • Mark Walter, owner of Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Sparks
  • Hansjorg Wyss, founder of the Wyss Foundation
  • Jonathan Goldstein, CEO of Cain International
  • Barbara Charone, director of MBC PR
  • Daniel Finkelstein, former executive editor of The Times

A Chelsea statement released on Wednesday morning said: “Boehly has been named chairman of the board of Chelsea FC effective immediately.

“The announcement includes the departure of Marina Granovskaia, director of Chelsea FC.

“Boehly will operate as interim sporting director until the club names a full-time replacement, continuing the club’s work towards its targets during the current transfer window.

“Chelsea FC and Ms. Granovskaia have agreed that she will remain available to Boehly and the club for the duration of the current transfer window, to the extent required to support the transition.”

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