EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea are exploring the option of adding an ex-player to their new-look board – as Todd Boehly looks to reshape hierarchy after completing his £4.25bn ownership of the club
- Todd Boehly completed his £4.25billion takeover of Chelsea on Monday
- Blues hierarchy is set to be made up of Boehly, business partner Mark Walters, Clearlake co-founder Behad Egbahli and Swiss businessman Hansjorg Wyss
- Boehly is also set to have fan representation on the board with Daniel Finklestein
- Sportsmail has also learned they will consider adding an ex-player in the future
Chelsea’s new regime will consider adding a former player to the club’s board after completing their highly-anticipated £4.25billion takeover on Monday.
The American-led consortium, spearheaded by businessman Todd Boehly and investment firm Clearlake Capital, was confirmed as the west London club’s new owners on Monday.
The new-look Blues hierarchy is expected to be made up of Boehly and his business partner Mark Walter, Clearlake co-founder Behdad Eghbali and Swiss businessman Hansjorg Wyss.
Todd Boehly is looking at revamping Chelsea’s boardroom by bringing in an ex-player there
Boehly is also set to have fan representation on the board with Daniel Finkelstein – who is a Conservative peer and columnist for The Times – and music broker Barbara Charone to take up non-executive roles.
Sportsmail has also learned that the new owners will consider adding a former player to Chelsea’s hierarchy in the future.
Such a move has proved successful in Europe. Bayern Munich legends Franz Beckenbauer and Uli Hoeness are honorary presidents at the German club, and Edwin van der Sar is chief executive at Ajax.
Petr Cech is currently Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor, and has worked closely alongside Granovskaia.
In the short term, Boehly will lean on the expertise of current Blues chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia to help with the takeover transition.
Buck and Granovskaia were influential members of Roman Abramovich’s support team during his 19-year reign as owner and have been crucial during the sales process.
The duo are expected to stay at Stamford Bridge in the short term to help the new ownership bed in, but there remains doubt over whether they will stay at the club further into the future.
Edwin van der Sar is chief executive at Ajax – having been a legendary goalkeeper there before