According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea have reached an agreement and are set to appoint AS Monaco technical director Laurence Stewart as part of plans to build a new look transfer think tank. Co-owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake are set to restructure the transfer department of the club, and Stewart will form a group that will decide the transfer strategy. Stewart is an experienced man in the transfer strategy and performance analysis sector having worked as a lead scout and senior recruitment coordinator for RB Leipzig and Everton respectively before.
But, now it seems that Boehly, along with Clearlake, Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano would step down from involving themselves in player transfer and let the specialists do their job. Chelsea have already brought recruitment analyst Kyle Macaulay with Graham Potter from Brighton and Hove Albion. They are also set to appoint Joe shields as the director of recruitment.
With Stewart joining the transfer think tank team, the club only has a sporting director role to fill in the upcoming weeks, unless Boehly and co. have other positions in mind.
Regardless of the fact that the Blues have been in a transition since the takeover, credit must be given to the new co-owners for initially backing the manager in the summer window, and now appointing the right people to make the right footballing decisions ahead of the January transfer window and beyond.