Ex-Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards SNUBS Chelsea job in blow to Todd Boehly’s hierarchy plans


MICHAEL EDWARDS has turned down the chance to work for Chelsea under new owner Todd Boehly.

American investment tycoon Boehly took over at Stamford Bridge from Russian Roman Abramovich.

Michael Edwards was Liverpool's former sporting director


Michael Edwards was Liverpool’s former sporting directorCredit: PA
Todd Boehly is on the hunt for a sporting director at Chelsea


Todd Boehly is on the hunt for a sporting director at ChelseaCredit: Alamy

Abramovich’s exit also saw club director Marina Granovskaia and technical and performance advisor Petr Cech leave also.

Boehly has been putting plans in place to hire a sporting director, having temporarily filled the role himself.

And Edwards, who held that role at Liverpool, left Anfield last summer and emerged as a top target for Chelsea.

He also worked with Portsmouth and later Tottenham, but made his name in Merseyside as a top talent spotter.

He brought the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Allison to Liverpool.

Manchester United were at one point also interested in bringing Edwards in and battled Chelsea to do so.

But according to The Athletic, he has turned Boehly’s recent approach down in order to enjoy time away from football.

It means the Blues are unlikely to fill the vacant position before the transfer window shuts on September 1.


Already Chelsea have landed big signings in Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella.

But signing a striker still remains a priority for Thomas Tuchel, who is linked with ex-Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chelsea travel to Leeds next Sunday but do so without Tuchel after the German and Antonio Conte clashed following the 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte clash at Stamford Bridge


Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte clash at Stamford BridgeCredit: Rex Features


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