By Mukwuzi Joseph
Chelsea has confirmed that Marina Granovskaia will step down from her role as director of the club at the culmination of the summer transfer window. The 47-year-old follows Bruce Buck standing down as the Blue’s chairman earlier in a week
The Russian-Canadian businesswoman was still speaking to representatives of players as recently as last week and has been Chelsea’s figurehead for transfers, contracts, and sponsorship deals for a number of years. However, new co-owner Todd Boehly is said to have led talks over the departure of Romelu Lukaku. Among the American’s first challenges will be to form a good relationship with Thomas Tuchel who has repeatedly spoken of his dealing with Granovkaia and Petr Cech.
Granovskaia is said to have helped orchestrate Chelsea’s move to their current training facility at Cobham, which has heralded a number of stars from the academy. After becoming Roman Abramovich’s representative at the club in 2010, Granovskaia joined Chelsea’s board in 2013 before being promoted to chief executive the following year.
In her time as director of the club, she received the award for Best Club Director in European football at the Golden Boy Awards in 2021.