'I'm quite shocked': Paul Merson can't quite believe what's happened at Chelsea this month
Paul Merson has admitted he’s shocked by the exits of Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia from Chelsea.
The Blues have confirmed this month that there’s going to be plenty of changes to the club’s hierarchy under the new ownership in West London.
First of all, it’s been confirmed club legend Cech is leaving his role technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge on 30 June.
In addition, Chelsea announced earlier in June that Granovskaia is exiting her role as Chelsea director this summer. Incidentally, co-owner Todd Boehly has stepped in to fill the void as the interim sporting director during the transfer window.
Cech and Granovskaia Chelsea exits
Merson has shared his thoughts on the reshuffle that’s going on at Chelsea with their staff.
In particular, he’s surprised that the club are allowing two important figures on the football operations side of things to say goodbye.
“I thought the people who came in would keep Petr Cech in his position and Marina Granovskaia, who has done a great job at the club,” said Merson.
“You keep them there, shadow them. It’s not easy, it’s not baseball and basketball where you’re doing trades. This is professional football and I’m quite shocked those two have left the way they have.”
Boehly’s jumped straight into the pressure cooker of a transfer window, which is to be admired in many ways.
Granovskaia’s influence off the pitch has been well documented in recent years, so it’s big shoes to follow for the next long-term successor.
The immediate focus is now on Boehly aiding the club to improve the squad. He’s reportedly seriously active in the transfer negotiations that are happening with several clubs.