Report: How Chelsea's new owners plan to copy Ajax trick at Stamford Bridge

The new Chelsea owners reportedly have a plan to try copy European giants Bayern Munich and Ajax with a simple trick.

It was a historic day for the Blues yesterday due to the official announcement of the club’s takeover.

A consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital completed the purchase of the Blues, with the former serving as the chairman of the holding company.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea’s new owners are considering bringing in an ex-player to the board.

The report explains they could look to emulate the success of Ajax appointing Edwin van der Sar as chief executive, as well as Bayern calling upon Franz Beckenbauer and Uli Hoeness as honorary presidents.


In addition, it is understood Bruce Buck and Marina Granovskaia will stick around to help with the early transition, albeit their long-term futures are uncertain.

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Owners should tap into Chelsea family

In fairness, there’s already a strong community within the Chelsea staff of ex-players.

However, adding a senior figure into a board position should be seen as a real positive idea.

A lot of attention surrounding the new ownership will be how they spend money in the transfer market, with most supporters feeling Blues manager Thomas Tuchel needs quite a bit of help strengthening the squad. Incidentally, Pat Nevin expects there to be serious financial backing in this summer’s transfer window.

However, how they assemble the staff and hierarchy may be just as important.

There’s a lot of intelligent ex-Blues players in the footballing world that may be worth getting in contact with. It’s definitely an exciting time to jump onboard with the project at Stamford Bridge.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.