Chelsea ownership: 5 urgent tasks Todd Boehly must finish this summer

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Todd Boehly is set to become the new owner of Chelsea after news broke last week that a deal had been agreed for the American businessman and his consortium to take over the west London side.

In a sports-record £4.25bn deal, the part-owner of the LA Dodgers arrives at Chelsea with plenty of excitement and optimism, with supporters hopeful that this new era for the club can bring further success after the transformative ownership of Roman Abramovich.

Once the takeover is complete, Chelsea will be able to return to normal with sanctions lifted from the Premier League giants, and here are five tasks Boehly must accomplish in his first few months as the owner of the Blues.

Sort out contracts for key Chelsea players and coaches

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The first and most pressing matter is sorting out key contracts for both Chelsea players and coaches, with sanctions on the club meaning that the west London side have been unable to both pay their employees and extend their tenures at the club.

However, with sanctions now set to be lifted once Boehly is the owner of Chelsea, the American can set people on their way to tying up some key members of the club to new contracts, with N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount and manager Thomas Tuchel all having their current deals expire by 2024.

Change direction with the transfer policy

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Whilst Boehly has reportedly drummed up interest that Chelsea will spend big in the summer, the new reality for Blues fans is that transfer windows will no longer be as free-spending or bombastic, yet this could be a good thing for the Premier League side.

Despite their incredible success in recent years, a strong case could be made that Chelsea, at least in the past few windows, have made more over-priced bad signings than smart purchases, with Romelu Lukaku the obvious example given how poor the club-record signing has been since returning to the English capital.

Factor in other expensive flops such as Kepa Arrizabalaga, Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Boehly’s new ownership should be ushering in a new era of how Chelsea conducts their transfer business.

Give fans clarity over Stamford Bridge

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One major talking point over the years has been the future of Stamford Bridge, with discussions over developing the ground or building a new stadium entirely being floated around for what seems like forever.

Whilst the future of Chelsea’s home remains unclear, this uncertainty is something Boehly and the club’s new owners should be looking to change, with the consortium already making impressive strides in working and communicating alongside the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust.

Heavily support the women’s team

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A huge factor that was going largely under the radar when Abramovich was sanctioned was what would happen to Chelsea’s women’s team, who this weekend were crowned WSL champions for the third year in a row.

With women’s football on the rise every year across England and Europe, Chelsea’s new owners throwing their support behind the team will be an incredible sign of intent, and based on previous success stories like Olympique Lyonnais and currently FC Barcelona, the Blues could build a dynasty if Boehly is ready to invest in Emma Hayes’ incredible team.

Don’t be as trigger happy as Roman Abramovich

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Huge change is upon Chelsea this summer, and one thing Boehly can do that will make him stand out from Abramovich is to be less trigger happy when it comes to sacking managers after one poor run of results.

Chelsea’s success in the past 15 years has been built on endless streams of money being poured into the club whilst also appointing the best and biggest managers available at the time, and under Boehly, this method of running a club simply won’t be sustainable given the drop in finances on offer for the Blues.

Football journalist and 2018 Sport Journalism graduate from the University of Brighton.