Chelsea lays out its vision as the club’s owner Todd Boehly hints at following Man City’s multi-club model plan
Todd Boehly, a co-owner of Chelsea, has revealed that the team intends to attempt and imitate Manchester City’s “multi-club” strategy, a rival in the Premier League.
Boehly has acknowledged that the Blues are currently considering a number of potential possibilities to help evolve their operations going forward, and plans include following in the footsteps of their championship rivals. Graham Potter was appointed as the club’s new head coach shortly after Tuchel’s departure.
The City Football Group, which owns Manchester City, has a global network of teams and has experienced consistent success over the previous ten years. The network includes clubs like Girona, Lommel SK, Melbourne City, and New York City FC among others.
Todd Boehly lays out Chelsea vision
Speaking at the SALT conference, Boehly said: ““We are not expecting to be the football experts to find the best talent. We are going to put those people in place… We have talked about having a multi-club model, and I would love to build out the footprint.”
A similar model has yielded success for other teams across Europe, including the Red Bull network.
Boehly emphasized the changes that Leipzig and Salzburg have undergone after working in a similar environment, and he also touched on how the strategy might assist Stamford Bridge’s youth program advance.
In recent years, Chelsea has put a lot of attention on youth development.
Following Boehly’s takeover, the Blues have kept up that strategy, signing some of the most highly regarded young players in Europe in recent months.
Boehly continued: “I think there are different countries where there are advantages to having a club. Red Bull does a really good job, they’ve got Leipzig and they have Salzburg, both of which are playing in the Champions League. They’ve figured out how to make that work.
“You have Man City, which has a big network of clubs. The challenge that Chelsea has right now is that when you have 18 to 20-year-old superstars, you can loan them out to other clubs but you put their development in someone else’s hands.
“Our goal is to make sure we can develop pathways for our Chelsea superstars to get onto the pitch while getting game-time. For me, the way to do that is to get another club in a very competitive league, maybe somewhere in Europe.”