Bruce Buck steps down from role as Chairman, American ends 19-year spell at club

Chelsea have confirmed that Bruce Buck has stepped down as Chairman of the club.

The Blues announced in a club statement that the American is ending his 19-year tenure at the club, stepping down from the 30th of June.

Buck took over as chairman in 2003, being present as Chelsea chairman throughout Roman Abramovich’s highly successful era in West London.

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The 76-year-old played a central role in the successful sale of the club to Todd Boehly’s American consortium in May, allowing the club to operate as a business again.

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The American is set to stay at the club as a senior advisor, with the Blues’ new era ready to commence under Boehly.

The new owner spoke of his admiration for Buck in Chelsea’s official club statement.

He said: ‘Bruce has led Chelsea Football Club to the highest levels of international and domestic football, while also developing one of the most active social responsibility projects in sport,’

“We thank Bruce for his service and his commitment to the club.”

Buck himself spoke with pride at his time at the club, stating the future is still bright for the club.

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‘I am proud to have helped Chelsea realize great success on the pitch and make a positive impact in the community,’

‘Now is the right time to step down and let new ownership build on the strong foundations we have in place. The owners have a compelling vision for Chelsea’s future, and I look forward to helping them achieve it in this new role alongside our incredible staff, players, coaches and supporters.’

Chelsea became a dominant force in world football throughout Buck’s time at the club, winning the Champions League twice in 2012 and 2021.

The club have won every major honour available this millennium, and will be looking to maintain their status as an elite club in the coming years.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.