Todd Boehly has spoken for the first time as the new official Chelsea owner today as the club confirm the sale takeover officially via the website.
Boehly is of course joined by Clearlake Capital and the rest of the investors and board of directors, but he is the face of the new ownership as such, and will be the main man in charge of overseeing an exciting new era at the club.
It’s finally been confirmed on the Chelsea website today in the form of two big long statements, and the second one was confirming Boehly’s consortium as the new owners.
Then came his first words, and that will be music to the ears of all Chelsea fans across the globe and exactly what we wanted to hear today.
“We are honoured to become the new custodians of Chelsea Football Club,” said Boehly. “We’re all in – 100% — every minute of every match. Our vision as owners is clear: we want to make the fans proud. Along with our commitment to developing the youth squad and acquiring the best talent, our plan of action is to invest in the Club for the long-term and build on Chelsea’s remarkable history of success. I personally want to thank ministers and officials in the British government, and the Premier League, for all their work in making this happen.”
Clearlake’s directors as well had some positive words to say, and both will also join Boehly on the new Chelsea board.
Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, Clearlake co-founders and managing partners, said, “We are excited to commit the resources to continue Chelsea’s leading role in English and global football, and as an engine for football talent development. We also want to thank the authorities for all their work throughout the process. As pioneers in sports and media investing, we are thrilled to partner with Todd and the rest of the consortium to meaningfully grow the Club as a global platform. Together, we will expand the Club’s investment across infrastructure, technology, and sports science to support the incredible Chelsea football and commercial teams – all with the goal of leveraging this growth to fuel even more on-pitch success.”