Chelsea have reportedly parted ways with head groundsman Jason Griffin plus his assistant and son Reisse, after more than 30 years of working at Stamford Bridge.
This comes as part of the major staff overhaul led by the club’s top dog Todd Boehly. Since the American took over Chelsea last May, a number of staff have left the club despite many years of service.
According to the Daily Mail, the Griffin duo has become the latest to depart the club.
Griffin first became the club’s head groundsman in 2003 and has since led a team that has gone into double figures, including his son Reisse, who was the assistant grounds manager.
The duo was in charge of looking after Chelsea’s playing surfaces and grounds at Stamford Bridge, the club’s Cobham training ground and Kingsmeadow, where the women’s and youth teams play.
However, it was reported that the reason behind the decision to part ways with Griffin and his son has not been revealed.
Back in 2008, Griffin found himself in the centre of an investigation by the Football Association after a clash with former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
It is believed that Griffin was barged by the left back as he and his team attempted to work on the surface after Chelsea’s 2-1 win over United.
Griffin was then involved in an altercation with Tony Strudwick, who was working as United’s fitness coach at the time.
On the back of the investigation, the FA commission released a statement that read: “We broadly prefer Mr Griffin's account. We were favourably impressed by Mr Griffin as a witness, who came across as frank, calm and sensible. Mr Strudwick, we found less reliable.”
The Boehly-led consortium bought the club last year for £4.25 billion after former owner Roman Abramovich was forced to sell up.
Since then, the American businessman has made some major changes in multiple areas within the club’s infrastructure, including the hierarchy, coaching, playing, medical and ground staff.
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