Todd Boehly takes over management of Chelsea as soon as the deal is completed

Todd Boehly takes over management of Chelsea as soon as the deal is completed

Todd Boehly takes over management of Chelsea as soon as the deal is completed

Todd Boehly and a group of investors completed their $5.25 billion (£4.25 billion) buy of Chelsea on Monday, May 30, making it the most expensive franchise deal in sports history.

Chelsea stated on Saturday that it has struck “a final and definitive deal” to sell the club to Boehly and his Clearlake Capital consortium, putting an end to the long-running saga.

On May 24, the Premier League gave its consent, and the group was awaiting approval from the UK government, which has been overseeing the sale because to sanctions against exiting owner and Russian businessman Roman Abramovich.

These sanctions were imposed just days after Abramovich chose to sell the franchise after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. His assets were blocked, and Chelsea were obliged to operate under a restrictive licence until a sale could be made, according to the UK government, because of his ties to Russia’s president Vladimir Putin’s administration.

Chelsea persevered in the face of adversity, reaching two domestic cup finals after winning the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. In the Premier League, they also finished third.


Chelsea supporters can look forward to a busy summer in the transfer market now that the ownership crisis has been settled ahead of the government-imposed sale deadline of May 31, and the club officially declared the sale on Monday, May 30.

According to Forbes, Boehly, a 46-year-old American businessman, is worth $4.5 billion.

He is actively involved in American sports, most notably as a member of the ownership group Guggenheim Baseball Management, which owns the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. According to reports, he owns a 20% share in the team.

In 2013, Boehly forged a huge partnership with Time Warner Cable and the Dodgers to launch SportsNet LA, a regional network that will show all Dodgers content.

He also owns a minority part in the iconic NBA basketball team Los Angeles Lakers and the Sparks, with his ownership group and Mark Walter purchasing a 27 percent stake in the united squad.

According to figures released by the club in a statement released on May 6, Boehly’s organization is buying the club for $5.25 billion (£4.25 million), making it the most expensive team purchase in sports history.


A total of $3.1 billion will be spent on acquiring the club’s shares from Abramovich, with the remainder being invested in the club.

According to a Sky Sports story dated May 24, the conditions of Abramovich’s contract forbid Boehly and his investors from selling shares or receiving fees or dividends from the club for the next ten years. There are also limitations on the amount of debt someone can owe the club.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Abramovich came under heightened government scrutiny as a Russian oligarch, and he ultimately chose on March 2 to sell Chelsea in the best interests of the club.

The UK government, however, levied fines on March 10 that effectively put a block on Abramovich’s assets, including Chelsea Football Club.

The Premier League side, as long as it was owned by Abramovich, could not generate new streams of income and any revenue scheduled to be received had to be frozen.

That meant that the club could not sell new tickets or merchandise, but existing agreements would continue to be honored, including for season ticket holders and tickets sold prior to March 10.


The UK government offered a special sporting license in order that Chelsea could continue to operate as a football club despite the sanctions, but it set forth an exhaustive list of restrictions as part of it.

Among those restrictions were a transfer ban, with the club unable to transfer or acquire players. Also, travel expenses for football matches were capped at $26,000 per match.

No, because of the UK penalties imposed on Abramovich, he is unable to profit financially from the sale of Chelsea Football Club or any other assets he owns in the United Kingdom.

Abramovich has already stated that the earnings of the eventual sale will be donated to charity.

The $3.1 billion will be “deposited into a frozen UK bank account with the goal of contributing 100% to charitable organizations as confirmed by Roman Abramovich,” according to Chelsea.

There have been allegations of a conflict between Abramovich and the UK government over where those monies should go, but no definitive solution has been provided publicly. These difficulties have to be resolved in order for the sale to be approved by the UK government.


Chelsea became a perennial European and global power in club football throughout Abramovich’s rule.

Chelsea has finished in the top four of the Premier League table in all but three seasons since Abramovich took over the club in 2003. During his tenure, the club also won 18 major trophies, including two Champions League crowns.

During his 19 years in command of Chelsea, the Russian billionaire was noted for his rapid decision-making when it came to managers, with the club having 14 different head coaches (including one stint by Rafa Benitez and two by Guus Hiddink with the “interim” label).

Jose Mourinho was the longest-serving manager under Abramovich’s reign, serving for three seasons between 2004 and 2007. He currently holds the record for the longest tenure of any manager during Abramovich’s reign.

However, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Abramovich’s ownership of the club came under scrutiny as the international community sought to penalize Russia.

Inquiries about the wartime scenario and Abramovich’s role began to weigh on Chelsea, with manager Thomas Tuchel conceding in late February that the subject was “distracting” before becoming increasingly annoyed with repeated questions during a press conference in early March.







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