Boehly quickly enters English football at Chelsea

For someone with little football experience, American businessman Todd Boeley sure made some big calls in his first 100 days as the face of Chelsea’s new ownership.

His first major decision really raised eyebrows: early in the off-season, Chelsea Boehly announced that he would not only be the new club president but also the interim sporting director in charge of recruitment.

This was followed by a type of summer spending unprecedented in English football, the spending of nearly $300 million on new players. French defender Wesley Fofana arrived for $80 million, Marc Cucurella – with one appearance for Spain – joined for $65 million, and Raheem Sterling was sold by Manchester City to Chelsea for around $60 million.

And then, this week, Bohle mercilessly sacked Thomas Tuchel – Chelsea’s Champions League winning coach from last year – just one month and seven games a season and replaced him with Graham Potter, reportedly paying Brighton about $25 million in compensation for his title. man.

Talk about a whirlwind entering football. To some, it looks like he’s playing a part in a fantasy sport, which is fitting given that Boehly investment firm Eldridge lists him as part-owner of DraftKings.

It’s a style that doesn’t sit well with some of the big characters close to the English game.