Petr Cech will step down as technical and performance adviser at Chelsea on June 30.
Cech is the latest to leave the club following the takeover of Todd Boehly-Clearlake following the departures of chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia.
Cech said: “It has been a huge privilege to play this role at Chelsea for the past three years. With the club under new ownership, I think the time has come for me to step down. I am happy that the club is now in an excellent position with the new owners, and I am confident in his future success on and off the pitch.”
Todd Boehly, chairman and co-owner, said: “Petr is an important member of the Chelsea family. We understand his decision to step down and thank him for his contributions as an advisor and his commitment to the club and to our community. We wish him the best.”
Cech was appointed three years ago to provide advice and guidance on all football and performance matters at Chelsea after playing 333 times for the club.
Boehly was named interim president and sporting director following the departures of Buck and Granovskaia last week.
Granovskaia, who rose to prominence as one of football’s toughest negotiators under Roman Abramovich, will remain available to support Boehly for the duration of the current transfer window. Buck will continue to support the club as a senior adviser.
As interim sporting director, Boehly is understood to have played the role before, playing a key role in the decision to let Romelu Lukaku join Inter Milan on loan.
Chelsea have decided to let the Belgium international leave the club following talks between Boehly and head coach Thomas Tuchel, and Boehly and the player.
Boehly and Tuchel wanted to sort out Lukaku’s future quickly so they could focus on strengthening the squad this summer.
Chelsea to approach ex-Liverpool sporting director
Chelsea are set to sign Michael Edwards for their vacant post as sporting director with owner Todd Boehly previously referring to Liverpool as a “great role model” for success.
The man who helped reshape Merseysiders recruitment and built Jürgen Klopp’s world-class squad with smart, analytical transfers left Anfield this summer after 11 years.
A source close to Edwards has told Sky Sports News that since the 42-year-old’s decision to leave was made public last November, he has been approached by Europe’s powerhouses – Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in individual – as well as by hedge funds. and billionaires wanting to buy clubs and run it.
With Marina Granovskaia leaving Chelsea, Edwards has an interest in becoming their transfer chief, especially as Boehly is an admirer of his overhaul at Liverpool, which has extended to making the Anfield club leaders in analysis and orchestrating the move to a £50million training facility.
Chelsea games: Lampard’s Everton first, then Spurs
Chelsea kick off 2022/23 season with trip to Everton from Frank Lampard live sky sports before hosting London rivals Spurs in their first home game.
Thomas Tuchel’s side face a meeting with Blues legend Lampard at Goodison Park on August 6, kicking off at 5.30pm, before Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge a week later.
Chelsea will host Liverpool in west London on September 17, Manchester United on October 22 and Arsenal on November 5.
Their final game before the month-long World Cup break is at Newcastle, and they continue their campaign on Boxing Day against newly promoted Bournemouth.
Chelsea travel to Tottenham on February 25 and Arsenal on April 29, the latter marking the start of a bumper of the last five games, including Manchester City away on the penultimate weekend of the season and Newcastle at home on the final day.
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