Chelsea have confirmed Marina Granovskaia will step down from her role as sporting director this summer as the club’s overhaul continues after it was announced Bruce Buck will also be stepping down as chairman.
The new co-owner Todd Boehly replaces Buck after Roman Abramovich bought the club, the American now also leads the negotiations on the transfer market as interim sporting director.
Boehly is understood to have played a key role in negotiations over Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan on loan. The new co-controlling owner was confirmed as the new chairman of Stamford Bridge Club, replacing Buck.
Granovskaia had “acted as the owner’s representative at the club and in support of the board” since 2010 and was appointed to the board in 2013 when she took over transfer and contract negotiations.
The Russian, who started working for Abramovich in 1997 at Sibneft, the oil company he previously owned, reportedly received a bonus for helping sell the club to the Boehly-led consortium.
“We thank Marina for her years of excellent service to the club and wish her well in her future endeavors,” Boehly said in the announcement.
The news comes as all the top figureheads of the Boehly-Clearlake Capital consortium have been brought onto the new Chelsea board as the west London club’s new era continues to gather momentum.
“As keepers of Chelsea FC, we are now beginning to execute on our long-term vision and plans for the club, creating an outstanding experience for its passionate, loyal fans and continuing to compete for the highest accolades in line with Chelsea FC’s dedicated history,” he said Boehly.
“By working together side-by-side, we are firmly committed to winning both on and off the pitch. For us, that effort has begun.”
Clearlake bosses and Chelsea co-owners Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano have also been added to the Blues’ new board.
Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Mark Walter, Swiss magnate Hansjorg Wyss and British tycoon Jonathan Goldstein have all been officially appointed to the Chelsea board.
Music industry top Barbara Charone and fellow Tory columnist Daniel Finkelstein were also added to the board, along with Clearlake Capital partner James Pade.
“As the new era of Boehly-Clearlake ownership begins, we look forward to building a league organization and expanding Chelsea FC as a global platform,” said Eghbali and Feliciano.
“We look forward to supporting Thomas Tuchel, Emma Hayes and their teams and will provide proactive, unyielding support to make Chelsea’s loyal fans and our partners proud.”