Chelsea's new owner continues his cleanout by axing Thomas Tuchel

Brutal Boehly! Thomas Tuchel is just the latest victim of new owner’s culling at Chelsea – with Marina Granovskaia, Petr Cech and Bruce Buck all part of Roman Abramovich’s team to have left

  • Todd Boehly has sacked Thomas Tuchel just seven games into the new season
  • Tuchel lasted 100 days under Boehly – who took over the club for £4.25billion
  • He joins a long list of Chelsea figures who have departed since Boehly arrived
  • Former sporting director Marina Granovskaia, 47, left her role at Chelsea in May
  • Technical and performance advisor Petr Cech decided to step away from his job
  • Bruce Buck stepped down as their chairman three weeks after Boehly arrived 
  • Guy Laurence also left his role as Chelsea’s CEO once the takeover was complete

Thomas Tuchel has become the latest Chelsea figure to be given the axe following Todd Boehly’s £4.25billion take over in May.

The new owner has wasted no time in discarding the German manager – giving Tuchel his marching orders just seven games into the season.

Tuchel – who lasted 100 days under Boehly – will follow former sporting director Marina Granovskaia, CEO Guy Laurence and technical and performance advisor Petr Cech in departing the club. 

Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Chelsea following a disappointing start to the campaign

Todd Boehly (right) discarded the German manager just seven games into the season

Boehly made the decision to sack Tuchel following Chelsea’s 1-0 Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb. 

The Blues are currently squandering sixth in the Premier League and struggling for form under the German boss. 

As a result, Boehly took action and added Tuchel to a long list of axed and demoted Chelsea figures – including Granovskaia, Laurence, Cech and Bruce Buck. 

Chelsea confirmed that Buck would be stepping down as the club’s chairman just three weeks after Boehly took over from Roman Abramovich in a £4.25billion deal. 

Tuchel joins a long list of Chelsea figures that have departed since the Boehly took over from Roman Abramovich (above) 

The Government had urged the Blues to ditch their long-standing links to Abramovich after he was sanctioned due to his close ties with Russian president Vladimir Putin. 

Therefore, Chelsea felt it was important to distance themselves from Buck, who was appointed as the club’s chairman towards the start of the Russian’s ownership 19 years ago. 

Although, Buck made it clear he wanted to remain as Chelsea’s chairman during the sale process and insisted he would help the London-based club thrive under their new owner.

However, things didn’t go according to plan for Buck as Boehly announced the 76-year-old would be stepping down as the club’s chairman just three weeks after his arrival. 

Boehly – who was clearly eager to draw a line under the Abramovich regime – thanked Buck for his work in the role. 

Marina Granovskaia was another casualty of the Boehly regime – leaving in June this year

 Granovskaia (pictured on the right with Frank Lampard on the left) was responsible for day-to-day dealings at the club and handled Chelsea’s transfers

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.’

That being said, Buck did not leave Stamford Bridge for good. The 76-year-old took up a role as a Senior Advisor at Chelsea instead.  

Granovskaia was another casualty of the Boehly regime. The 47-year-old controlled day-to-day dealings at the club and handled Chelsea’s transfers before departing in June 2022. 

Granovskaia played a vital role at Chelsea – pulling strings for Chelsea’s move to their Cobham training complex and orchestrating a lucrative long-term sponsorship deal with Nike. 

Petr Cech also left his role at Chelsea following the arrival of Boehly earlier this year 

Cech took up his role in 2019 and even had to play peacemaker with protesting fans last year

She also helped sign the likes of Mason Mount, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N’Golo Kante and many more. 

Her duties didn’t stop with the men’s team either, as had been seen holding a Chelsea shirt alongside Sam Kerr at her signing in 2019.  

Cech – who had been Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor since 2019 – followed Granovskaia and Buck in stepping away from their roles following the arrival of Boehly.

He confirmed his exit by saying: ‘It has been a huge privilege to perform this role at Chelsea for the past three years. With the club under new ownership, I feel now is the right time for me to step aside.

‘I am pleased that the club is now in an excellent position with the new owners, and I am confident of its future success both on and off the pitch.’ 

CEO Guy Laurence also stepped down once Boehly’s £4.25billion takeover was complete

Chelsea confirmed the appointment of Tom Glick as the club’s new president of business

Chelsea’s former CEO Laurence also made the decision to step down once Boehly’s takeover of the club had been completed. 

Laurence had already decided to leave the club before the new ownership change began but stayed on to ensure a smooth transition period.

As a result of the departure of several board members, Chelsea confirmed the appointment of Tom Glick as the club’s new president of business.

Glick, who was previously Manchester City’s chief commercial and operating officer, assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations at Chelsea. 

He is also responsible for managing the club’s global commercial strategy, driving revenue growth and enhancing fan engagement. 




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