'Didn't share information': Todd Boehly declares a key internal change new Chelsea owners want to make

Todd Boehly has opened up on a key change the new Chelsea owners hope to bring to the club, explaining they want the first team and academy to run together as a “well-oiled machine”.

Blues co-owner and chairman Boehly, 48, has delivered some intriguing comments at the SALTConference on Tuesday.

In particular, the American businessman has shared that the beliefs of the new ownership didn’t quite align with Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked as Chelsea’s manager last week.

The London club wasted little time appointing a replacement, with Graham Potter leaving Brighton to become the new head coach as Tuchel’s successor.

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Boehly on Chelsea academy

Boehly has declared the plan is for there to be a key internal change from the previous ownership when it comes to how the academy is viewed alongside the senior team. He says the previous regime “didn’t share information” between the two sides.

He’s referenced the change moving forward, as well as speaking positively about Tuchel:

“Tuchel is obviously extremely talented and someone who had great success at Chelsea,” Boehly said.

“Our vision for the club was finding a manager who really wanted to collaborate with us, a coach who really wanted to collaborate. There are a lot of walls to break down at Chelsea.

“Before, the first team and academy didn’t really share data, didn’t share information about where the top players were coming from. Our goal is to bring a team together… all of that needs to be a well-oiled machine.

“The reality of our decision was that we weren’t sure that Thomas saw it the same way we saw it. No one is right or wrong, we just didn’t have a shared vision for the future.”

Blues fans will be happy to get a bit of an understanding from Boehly with regards to Tuchel’s dismissal.

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In fairness, the new Chelsea hierarchy is certainly putting in early plans to improve the youth set-up.

There was heavy financial support in the summer to help sign some marquee names in the transfer window, but a crop of emerging young talents arrived as well.

Carney Chukwuemeka, Cesare Casadei, Omari Hutchinson and Gabriel Slonina are some bright teenagers signed in the summer.

Chelsea’s success rate at bringing through academy stars from Cobham has been great in recent times, but there’s maybe been a mini drop off in the last couple of years. The aim is for the first team and academy to co-exist as one unit.

Perhaps the ownership’s overall plan will be more achievable once a sporting director is appointed, with Frank Lebouef hoping the Blues get target Luis Campos from Paris Saint-Germain.

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