Micheal Edwards had been linked with joining Todd Boehly’s Chelsea project before moving towards a role at Old Trafford.
Todd Boehly’s Stamford Bridge evolution has started to gain pace months after spending £270 million on transfers in his first summer transfer window. The American businessman has sprung the changes behind-the-scenes at SW6 since his arrival and more fresh faces are set to arrive.
After a period of change in the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge, Boehly is now seeking to continue his rebuild at the Blues after four months of changes. Marina Granovskaia was among the high profiles departures at the end of June and former Liverpool director Michael Edwards was immediately highlighted as the favourite to become her successor, but the move never materialised.
Chelsea have recently been busy in constructing a team behind-the-scenes, with Southampton’s recruitment chief Joe Shields is in line to become the Blues’ new director of recruitment only three months after joining the Saints from Manchester City. Laurence Stewart’s arrival from AS Monaco was confirmed earlier today (October26) as technical director to “focus on football globally” while Christopher Vivell edges closer to joining the pair.
But why did Edwards reject the chance to work with Chelsea?
According to Sky Sports, Edwards was approached in a ‘CEO of Football’ capacity instead of a sporting director after impressing over his long stint with Liverpool. He joined the Reds in 2011 as head of analytics before becoming the club’s first sporting director in 2016.
He helped construct the squad that lifted the first title at Anfield for 30 years, oversaw the appointment of Jurgen Klopp and signed the likes of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane.
However, after hearing Boehly’s proposal, Edwards opted against the call because ‘it was not the correct time as he wishes to ‘stick to his commitment of spending time with his family’. It’s understood that the decision is on his terms and there is no contractual clause from Liverpool of him starting a new job immediately. Edwards has been linked with joining Manchester United, but the reports have been labelled ‘fiction’.