Here are four Chelsea legends that could be made sporting director at the bridge.
Michael Edwards’ rejection, Paul Mitchell’s unavailability and
Christoph Freund U-turn- where do Chelsea and Todd Boehly
turn next in their ongoing sporting director search?
Boehly and the Clearlake Capital ownership would have
hoped that the process to appoint Marina Granovskaia ‘s
successor would have been smoother than how it is turning
out to be.
There was growing confidence that Freund woujld move to
west London and the Austrian initially was happy to discuss a
move but once the Red Bull group found out about the
negotiations, they succeeded in changing his mind.
A statement at the time read: “As I have already confirmed in
interviews, Chelsea FC was interested in me.
“When such a big club asks, it not only honours me and the
work of FC Red Bull Salzburg, it is of course also a
circumstance that entails personal considerations. But I’ve
come to the conclusion that I’m in the best of hands with FC
Red Bull Salzburg and that a change is out of the question for
“We’re in the middle of a very intense phase and have
important tasks to do in the Bundesliga, Cup and Champions
League – that’s what my focus and concentration are all on.”
In amidst the sporting director drama in West London, east
London side West Ham have moved to bring in Mark Noble
for their vacancy. With this in mind, football.london takes a
look at four possible Blues icons who Boehly could turn too if
he was to follow the same path as the Hammers, as also
Arsenal, who appointed former player Edu to a similar role in
The 42-year-old is already at the club to undertake a
coaching consultancy role within the academy set-up,
meaning his appointment would be an internal one.
If he was to be given the duties of sporting director, it would
certainly be one that would go down well with the Blues
fanbase, especially considering the Mr Chelsea label that he
developed throughout his 22-year association with the club
as a defender.
Whether or not he would want the role remains to be seen,
with a coaching aspiration still seemingly in his mind
following his decision to leave Aston Villa as Dean Smith’s
assistant to try and earn his badges elsewhere before the
potential call to step up at an EFL side, just like Frank
Lampard did with Derby County.
Having left the club as a Technical and Performance Advisor
during the Roman Abramovich era, it would be quite a shock
to see the legendary goalkeeper return to west London so
Throughout the whole takeover process, Cech was viewed as
a figure who communicated to the playing staff and general
workforce within the club to inform them of this ever-
changing situation. There was even a point where he did an
interview with Sky Sports before the Newcastle win last
season to put some clarity on the takeover.
The former Guildford Phoenix ice hockey goaltender and
drums enthusiast has already shown his ability to deal with
the limelight in a public-facing role, so appointing him as the
new sporting director wouldn’t be too outlandish of a concept
The former midfielder has gone into punditry work following
his retirement from domestic football back in 2012. Most of
his views are usually aired on ESPN.
It wouldn’t be out of the blue if the German’s name was to
suddenly appear on Boehly’s list, especially as he was
considered for a similar vacancy back in 2018 when Roman
Abramovich wanted to find his Michael Emenalo
replacement. Could it be a case of second time lucky for
Chelsea’s former No. 13?
The Italian, like Ballack, has gone into punditry since leaving
Chelsea following Maurizio Sarri’s departure after the UEFA
Europa League final victory over Arsenal back in 2018.
Having had failed managerial spells at Watford and
Birmingham City, maybe a new venture into a sporting
director type of role could appeal to him if he were offered
Chelsea fans- are any of those options above your preferred
choice for the sporting director role and if not, who would you
want to see Todd Boehly go for? Leave your thoughts in the
comments section below!