Chelsea appoint new technical director with focus on global football (Laurence Stewart)
Chelsea has announced the appointment of Laurence Stewart as technical director with an emphasis on global football, marking the first step toward a multi-club model.
Stewart, a former England performance analyst at the 2014 World Cup, would join Stamford Bridge when his contract with the Ligue 1 club expired.
Todd Boehly, the owner of Chelsea, has made no secret of his intention to transition the Premier League club to a multi-club model similar to Manchester City and the City Football Group, which operate clubs in 11 countries.
Stewart, who has experience with such a model through Monaco, looks to be come to aid in the realisation of that idea, given the importance of his role in global concerns.
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“Laurence is a significant appointment as we intend to develop a deep sporting team that will interact closely,” Boehly said in a statement alongside co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali.
He is a world-class football leader who is well-versed in talent management, data and scouting, player development, and performance.”