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Chelsea ready to make double appointment after Christoph Freund sporting director snub

Robert Calcutt

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Chelsea ready to make double appointment after Christoph Freund sporting director snub

Chelsea are looking to hire both a sporting director and a technical director amid their recent snub from Christoph Freud, according to reports.

In recent weeks, it has been revealed that the Blues are looking to hire a sporting director to work alongside their head coach.

Despite them searching for some time now, they have yet been unable to make an appointment for the role.

Chelsea first attempted to bring former Liverpool man Michael Edwards to the club to take up the job, but he rejected a move in order to take a break from football.

Soon after, FC Salzburg chief Freund was sounded out as a potential hiring.

However, despite him and the Blues being in advanced negotiations he will remain at the Austrian Champions, who earned themselves a point at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League two weeks ago.

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Sevilla man Monchi is also believed to be of interest to the west London side.

The 54-year-old has worked as their sporting director for many years now, and even held previous talks with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is believed to be a ‘huge fan’ of Monchi, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten also a potential name.

However, whilst their search for the role is set to continue, the Blues may be looking to hire someone for another position at the club.

According to Matt Law, Chelsea are keen to appoint a technical director as well as a sporting director.

Discussions are believed to be taking place over both roles, as the club continues to make changes in the coming weeks and months.

Owner of Chelsea Todd Boehly in the stands ahead of the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Alamy)
Owner of Chelsea Todd Boehly in the stands ahead of the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Alamy)

The Blues are also set to bring in new members for their medical department following the recent departures of two key figures.

It was revealed last week that medical chief Paco Biosca will be leaving after just over a decade at the club.

He is now being followed out of the door by head physio Thierry Laurent, who was informed of his dismissal via a Zoom call with Boehly.

While work is being done off the pitch at Chelsea, Graham Potter’s side are set to continue their efforts on it this weekend following the conclusion of the international break.

They will face Crystal Palace away from home on Saturday afternoon, Potter’s first Premier League match in charge of his new side.

Chelsea are set to play 13 games in all competitions from then until the break for the World Cup, with the club therefore about to embark on a hectic schedule.

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Topics: Chelsea

Robert Calcutt
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