Chelsea have continued to rebuild their recruiting department by appointing Monaco’s Laurence Stewart as their technical director and are also looking to borrow Brighton & Hove Albion recruiting chief Paul Winstanley.
Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have made changes to Chelsea’s infrastructure since they bought the club in May and are looking to build a strong recruiting team around manager, Graham Potter. Christopher Vivell, who was fired from RB Leizpig last month, is set to fill a technical director-style role and Joe Shields is expected to arrive as co-director of recruiting once he finishes his gardening leave in Southampton.
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Stewart, who must complete his commitments as Monaco’s technical director before joining, “will focus on football globally,” Chelsea said.
The club discussed taking Winstanley from Brighton. Winstanley has developed a good reputation at Brighton, which has gained acclaim for his smart purchases in recent years. The Guardian reported Chelsea were watching him last month and the club are ready to solidify their interest.
Winstanley is believed to work closely with Shields, Stewart and Potter’s recruiting analyst, Kyle Macalauy. Winstanley has known Macaulay well from his time in Brighton.
Chelsea want at least four recruiting experts, with Vivell potentially tasked with coordinating the department. Plans to hire a sports director have been sidelined.
There have been suggestions that Boehly and Clearlake would like to set up something like a relocation research center. The recruiting team could feed as far as Boehly, who has been working as an interim sports director since June.
Boehly assumed that role after Marina Granovskaia left, with the departures of Scott McLachlan and Petr Cech leaving more holes to fill. Chelsea had initially tried to hire a sporting director and were close to appointing Christoph Freund of RB Salzburg, only due to the failed deal.
Indications are that Chelsea would rather have several recruiting experts than relying on one person. They want a collaborative approach, with connections between the technical staff, the recruiting department and the property. Boehly, who oversaw a hefty summer spend, may continue to play an active role in the transfer talks in January.
Chelsea may also seek to appoint a new chief executive and football operations manager.