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Meet the six-person Chelsea board who decided the Special One’s fate at Chelseafc

Posted: December 26, 2015 at 9:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Roman Abramovich has wielded the axe for a second time – but who else was involved in the decision?

Jose Mourinho who has been axed by Chelsea for a second time after an incredible slump in domestic form  leaving the champions in 16th place in the Premier League, something that Mourinho admitted that their hopes of finishing in the top four are gone.

He also went as far as saying he felt his players had “betrayed” him at the King Power.

But who decided the Special One’s fate?

Here’s a rundown of Stamford Bridge board…

Roman Abramovich

Jed Leicest Roman Abramovich watches on with blue sun glasses on
Blue is the colour: Abramovich takes in the action at Stamford Bridge

The big boss. Abramovich is the ultimate controlling party of Fordstam Limitied, the parent company of Chelsea FC plc.

The Russian billionaire purchased the club from Ken Bates for a reported £140million in 2003 and assembled a tightly-nit board consisting of some of his closed confidants.

Bruce Buck – chairman

The Buck stops here: Bruce will have big say on Jose’s future

New Yorker Buck is the chairman of the board at Stamford Bridge and a lawyer by trade.

He first worked with Abramovich during his position as European head of the snappily-named American law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom when they worked on acquisitions for Abramovich’s former energy company Sibneft.

A Chelsea fan since he came to London in 1983, Buck has had a season ticket at Stamford Bridge since 1991 and was named in the The Times’ list of the UK’s most influential lawyers in 2012.

With Abramovich rarely talking to the media, Larry David-lookalike Buck is the board’s most public-facing member and is usually the one who fronts up the media when required.

Marina GranovskaiaMarina Granovskaia

                    Transfer fixer: Granovskaia has excelled in player trading

Described as the most powerful woman in English football, Granovskaia was born in Moscow and graduated from the Moscow State University in 1997. Began work at Sibneft the same year and has worked closely with Abramovich over the last 18 years, beginning her association with Chelsea in 2010, acting as a representative for the Russian.

Became a board member in 2013 and is mainly responsible for player trading since the departure of former CEO Ron Gourlay. The club have spent £123.3million over the past two seasons, but brought in £127.7million via player departures.

Granovskaia speaks fluent Russian, in addition to a number of European languages – which is fairly useful in her line of work.

       Chelsea's Eden Hazard signs a new contract in the presence of club secretary David Barnard and Director Marina Granovskaia
Seal the deal: Eden Hazard signs a new deal alongside Granovskaia and club secretary David Barnard

Eugene Tenenbaum

     Chelsea director Eugene Tenenbaum
               The royal Tenenbaum: Eugene is a long-time associate of Abramovich

A close confidant of Abramovich, Ukrainian-born Tenenbaum moved to Canada as a child, graduating from the University of Toronto and later qualifying as a chartered accountant.

Began his association with the Chelsea boss at Sibneft, where he rose to the head of corporate finance before the company was sold in 2006.

Joined the board when Abramovich’s takeover was completed in 2003, after he had worked in Toronto, Moscow and London for KPMG and Salomon Brothers.

Michael Emenalo – Technical director

 Gary Cahill with Michael Emenalo, after the announcement of Cahill's new contract at the Cobham Training Ground
          Let’s get technical: Emenalo began his current role in 2011

A former Nigerian international who joined the club during Avram Grant’s spell in charge in 2007, initially as chief scout before being promoted to to assistant first-team coach in 2010.

Was appointed technical director before the 2011-12 season, with his responsibilities including heading up scouting and the academy programmes.

The 50-year-old, who has worked in both the scouring and coaching departments at the Premier League champions, is believed to be feeling the heat after a flurry of high-profile flops.

Was said to be fighting for his job earlier this season after the Blues missed out on John Stones in the summer, instead landing £2million defender Papy Djilobodji, whose only appearance in a Blues shirt came as a substitute against Walsall in the Capital One Cup.

David Barnard – club secretary

 Chelsea Director/club secretary David Barnard in 2014
Admin king: David Barnard dots the Is and crosses the Ts

The final board member is David Barnard, who is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the club.

His time at the club pre-dates the Abramovich takeover, having joined the Blues in July 2002 after previous stints at Fulham, Colchester and Wimbledon.

Unlikely to be involved in the decision-making process when it comes to deciding Mourinho’s fate, but will no doubt produce a thorough set of minutes.

What is the board’s role?

In terms of the footballing side, the board regularly meet to analyse reports from the manager and medical staff. Typically, Abramovich has previously attended two or three football club board meetings over the course of a season.

Although earlier reports that the board had called an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss Mourinho’s fate appear to be wide of the mark, it is the five-strong board that hold the keys to his Stamford Bridge future.

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