'From what I'm told': Journalist shares what he's now heard about Boehly's takeover, including Granovskaia's role
Matt Law has provided a potentially interesting update on the Chelsea takeover.
Speaking on the London is Blue podcast, Law revealed that he’d been informed Todd Boehly will ensure he is fully involved in the process by spending a lot of time in the English capital.
Boehly has been spending time in England
Boehly has already devoted plenty to being in and around the club, since it became apparent his consortium was going to replace Roman Abramovich.
He attended the 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, watched the FA Cup final at Wembley, and was even on the pitch after the team’s last Premier League game.
The American also made a point of meeting with Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes at Cobham, to discuss strategies for the men’s and women’s sides.
With the sale pretty much completed, Boehly will be expected to remain on British soil to help the project take off the ground.
Which, according to Law, is exactly what he plans to do.
“First of all, I think Todd Boehly is going to be very hands-on. I think he plans to spend an awful lot of time in London, from what I’m told,” said the Telegraph journalist.
“Certainly for the foreseeable future, he’s going to be around a lot.”
Marina and The Diamonds
Boehly is certainly going to be a busy bee in the first few weeks of his reign, let alone months and years.
Sorting out Tuchel’s squad is the priority right now, with the £200m (Evening Standard) transfer budget and an indication of the desire for change.
But to ensure a smooth and sensible summer window, the new owner will need some smart minds to help manoeuvre through the process.
Although Boehly might have people listed to deliver the goods, there is arguably nobody better than the business guru already stationed at Chelsea.
Marina Granovskaia is the brilliant mind behind some of the club’s best deals (and a few bad ones), so to not keep her on board could be suicide.
Luckily for the Blues, it seems Granovskaia will still be able to offer her services in some capacity.
“My feeling is that Marina and Bruce (Buck) will probably remain in the short term. I don’t quite know where we are in the long-term,” continued Law.
“But I’m told these talks are happening.
“At the end of the day, they have to offer Bruce and Marina a position.”
Will Boehly chuck Buck?
Whilst supporters certainly do not want to see Granovskaia go, the same cannot be said for Bruce Buck.
Fans are certainly divided on their opinion of the Chelsea chairman, following his involvement in the creation of the European Super League that thankfully fell through.
However, Buck’s involvement in getting Boehly into power cannot be underplayed
Having an American already on board will ease the transition for the La Dodgers co-owner.
So for that, we have to thank Bruce.