Chelsea are eager to appoint a Technical Director/Director of Football.
The role is currently being overseen by the much maligned Marina Granovskaia.
Chelsea chose to appoint Maurizio Sarri and prioritise the signing of new players over appointing a new Director of Football.
The role is extremely important as Chelsea are crying out for a link between the Board, Academy and the First Team. Having a Football person in this role is vital as it would provide a strong link between Sarri and the Board.
Having a link from the Academy to the Manager and the Board is needed, to avoid another situation similar to Callum Hudson-Odoi where Chelsea face the risk of losing arguably their most gifted academy product.
A Director of Football is vital for Chelsea to operate in the right way. It needs to be a Football person in this role in order to assist the manager with transfer targets and the promotion of Youth team players.
Now we’re going to take a look at some viable candidates.
Michael was a key player for Chelsea from 2006-2010. He was a huge presence for Chelsea known for his accurate passing and physical attributes which made him a key part of the playing staff at Chelsea.
Michael is currently doing TV work so he would be easily attainable for this role. His standing at Chelsea is high and he attends a lot of events at Chelsea and it’s widely reported he has been asked to take on ambassador roles at Chelsea. From a supporters perspective he would be a great addition as he understands the club from all angles.
Juliano Belletti is well known to Chelsea as he was a key squad player at Stamford Bridge from 2007-2010. He is well remembered for his goal against Tottenham in January 2008.
Juliano is currently a Director at Coritiba, a Brazilian 2nd Division team, aswell as an Ambassador at Barcelona. However it would be a huge step up to take the position at Chelsea.
Despite the obvious huge step up for Juliano, he understands the club. He had a great affinity with the supporters and is held in high regard by the club.
Monchi is currently Director of Football at As Roma. Monchi is best known for his Director of Football role at Sevilla where he was tasked with improving the Youth policy at the club and the scouting network. This is what makes Monchi such an interesting candidate.
In his time as a Director of Football Monchi is responsible for the discovery of Jose Antonio Reyes, Sergio Ramos, Dani Alves and Ivan Rakitic.
His ability to discover these kind of players is what makes him a great candidate for the role at Chelsea.
The role of Director of Football is an important one at Chelsea. There needs to be that person who provides a link between the Board, First team and the Academy. This link is vital in helping the Club operate in the right way.