Marina Granovskaia ‘is set to become the next big-name exit at Chelsea’
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is set to become the next big name to leave the club after it was confirmed today that Bruce Buck will step down as chairman.
According to The TelegraphGranovskaia, one of the most influential figures in world football, will follow Buck from Stamford Bridge, with some sources even indicating her departure could be confirmed before the transfer window closes.
In that case, it has been suggested that Todd Boehly, who took control of West London after completing his acquisition, could oversee the transfer negotiations. Granovskaia was hailed as “football’s best club director” in her role under Roman Abramovich.
Earlier, the Blues released a statement revealing that Buck, another key figure in Abramovich’s long reign, would be leaving.
It will come into the possession of Boehly for just three weeks, who took the helm from Abramovich in a £4.25bn deal following a long-running saga in which the Russian oligarch was sanctioned by the British government for his close ties to Vladimir Putin.
The government had urged the Blues to cut their long-standing ties with Abramovich, and so did Buck, who was named chairman when the Russian took ownership of the club.
In a statement about Chelsea’s official websitehe said: ‘I am proud to have helped Chelsea achieve great success on the pitch and have a positive impact on the community.
“Now is the right time to step down and let a new ownership build on the strong foundations we have.
“The owners have a compelling vision for Chelsea’s future and I look forward to helping them achieve it in this new role, along with our amazing staff, players, coaches and supporters.”
Chelsea confirmed chairman Bruce Buck is stepping down
The news comes just three weeks after Todd Boehly (right) became Chelsea’s new owner
Despite leaving his role as chairman, Buck will continue to support the club as a senior advisor going forward.
In a private statement, Boehly thanked Buck for his work in the role.
He said: “Bruce has led Chelsea Football Club to the highest levels of international and domestic football, while also developing one of the most active social responsibility projects in sport. We thank Bruce for his service and his commitment to the Club.’
Despite stepping down as chairman, he will continue to support the club as a senior advisor
Buck was a close associate of Roman Abramovich (left) who sold the club after being sanctioned by the British government for his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin
Abramovich’s sanction caused several problems for Chelsea off the pitch before the takeover
Buck, along with director Granovskaia, played a key role in the acquisition of Boehly, who raised eyebrows as the two closest assistants to Russian oligarch Abramovich.
Their positions at the club are said to be precarious due to the Boehly takeover.
German publication picture however, reported that she could leave the club in August after a final transfer window with the club.
The Times claimed last month that Buck and a handful of others would split a pot of approximately £30 million from the Boehly-led takeover between them, with Granovskaia receiving £20 million.
Buck had already been seen alongside Boehly before the takeover, in games towards the end of last season.
During Buck’s time at the club, Chelsea cemented their status as one of the world’s most successful clubs, winning 18 major trophies.
Buck’s departure raises questions about the future of director Marina Granovskaia (left), who, like the 76-year-old, was a close assistant to Abramovich during the Russian’s time at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea’s statement also wrote: “The club (under Buck) also significantly grew its commercial revenues, establishing world-class training facilities in Cobham and developing one of the best youth academies in football.
“In 2010, Buck, as trustee and chairman, helped establish The Chelsea FC Foundation, which supports a wide range of initiatives, including increasing access to youth athletics, organizing education and employment programs and leading anti-discrimination campaigns. ‘
Chelsea was a club in turmoil after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Abramovich’s sanction resulted in the club’s inability to sell match day tickets, negotiate new player contracts or recruit new players.
Thomas Tuchel’s squad, who finished third in the league last season, is expected to be busy this summer under American Boehly.
The likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have left, while Cesar Azpilicueta, Romelu Lukaku and Marcos Alonso were all able to follow the exit door.
Chelsea have been linked with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Ousmane Dembele, while Jules Kunde could be recruited to bolster their defence.