Revealed: Six trustees Roman Abramovich is handing Chelsea’s control to

The six trustees who are taking over the control of Chelsea FC from Roman Abramovich have been revealed.

The Russian billionaire dropped his bombshell announcement on Saturday evening, days after his home country’s invasion of Ukraine.

He passed control and running of the West London football club to their six trustees.

They are, according to The Sun, chairman Bruce Buck, Blues’ women’s boss Emma Hayes, head of the National Lottery Sir Hugh Robertson, equality campaigner Piara Powar, lawyer John Devine and director of finance Paul Ramos.

New Yorker Buck has been a Chelsea fan since 1983, while Hayes has bossed the Blues’ women to the Double during her ten-year reign.

John Devis is Head of the Sports Team at law firm Muckle LLP and equality campaigner Piara Powar used to be Chief Executive of Kick It Out.

Hayes has been Chelsea women’s manager since 2012, she won the FA Cup and Super League double three years later.

John Devine is a partner in the Sports Team at law firm Muckle LLP, he works with a huge range of sports and governing bodies.

Piara Powar is an executive director of anti-discrimination and social inclusion network FARE, he is also the former Chief Executive of Kick It Out.

Paul Ramos is Chelsea’s financial supremo has been with the club since September 2001.

Sir Hugh Robertson perhaps is the best-known of the six – although not for football reasons.

Sir Hugh is the vice-chair of the British Olympic Association and former Conservative Minister for both Sport and of the Olympics, notably overseeing London 2012.

He joined the Blues’ Board of Trustees in 2016.

Roman Abramovich surrenders “stewardship and care of Chelsea FC”

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has released a statement on Saturday afternoon which says he is “giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.”

The statement read: ‘During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the Club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities.

“I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.

“I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”

Whether this is permanent or temporary is not clear as the club has not released any further details outside of the statement.

The trustees of Chelsea’s charitable foundation are: John Devine, Paul Ramos, Piara Power, Emma Hayes, Hugh Robertson and Bruch Buck.

Abramovich’s statement comes after Labour MP Chris Bryant questioned whether he should be able to own a football club in the UK, using parliamentary privilege to explain why.

Bryant then told The Telegraph that Abramovich and Everton investor Alisher Usmanov must ‘make absolutely clear now that they oppose the illegal invasion of Ukraine.

He added: “They should be lining up in front of the TV cameras to say, “surely to God this can’t be happening” otherwise we will conclude that they are still in hock to Putin.”

After Abramovich made his statement on his Chelsea future, Bryant tweeted: “Good. Now he can condemn the illegal invasion.”

Russia Ukraine Invasion: Abramovich loses £300m in one day as battle to take Chelsea away from him hots up

Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich is facing a barrage of problems in the wake of Russia invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, ranging from losing a whopping £300million in a day and calls to strip him of ownership of the west London club.

According to the Daily Mail, the billionaire was named in papers leaked to an MP today that linked him to Vladimir Putin’s regime and “public association with corrupt activity and practices”.

The release of the Home Office document led to calls for him to be stripped of his right to own a football club in Britain.

Downing Street tonight did not name him among those to be punished in the wake of Putin’s strike against Kyiv, instead naming five senior Russia-based cronies of the regime.

But he has been affected nonetheless, via turmoil created in global markets. Shares in mining firms Evraz and Polymetal International fell by between a quarter and a third.

Mr Abramovich is Evraz’s largest shareholder and its shares tumbled to close 30 per cent down on the day – wiping nearly £300 million off his holding.

He has faced renewed focus on his business activities in recent days but has always denied any wrongdoing or grounds for him to be sanctioned.

He withdrew his application for a British Tier 1 investor visa in 2018, after reported delays in his application following criticism of Russian oligarchs in the wake of the Salisbury poisonings.

According to The Sun, senior security sources now say it is unlikely that the 55-year-old will ever be allowed to live in Britain again.

Immigration officials are reportedly under instructions to make it impossible for Mr Abramovich – who owns a £125million mansion near Kensington Palace – to base himself in the UK.

Revealed: Premier League managers’ salaries (Check what Guardiola, Klopp, Tuchel, Conte, others earn)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is the Premier League’s highest earning manager with the a whopping £19m per annum.

According to The Sun, the Spaniard is followed by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with £16m just the same way their clubs are currently rated in the on-going Premier League table.

Arsenal look set to offer Mikel Arteta a lucrative £8.3million a year deal to keep him at the club.

But it would only make him the FIFTH highest earning Premier League manager.

SunSport exclusively revealed on Tuesday that Arsenal are preparing to hand Arteta the same salary Arsene Wenger was on during his final year at the Emirates.

However, an annual wage of £8.3m is still less than HALF of Pep Guardiola’s pay packet.

Take a look at every manager’s salary below.

Premier League manager salaries, as reported by The Sun:

  1. Pep Guardiola – £19m
  2. Jurgen Klopp – £16m
  3. Antonio Conte – £15m
  4. Brendan Rodgers – £10m
  5. Mikel Arteta – £8.3m
  6. Ralf Rangnick – £8m
  7. Mercelo Bielsa – £8m
  8. Thomas Tuchel – £7m
  9. Ralph Hasenhuttl – £6m
  10. Frank Lampard – £5m
  11. David Moyes – £5m
  12. Steven Gerrard – £5m
  13. Roy Hodgson – £4.5m
  14. Patrick Vieira – £4m
  15. Sean Dyche – £3.5m
  16. Eddie Howe – £3m
  17. Bruno Lage – £2.5m
  18. Graham Potter – £2m
  19. Dean Smith – £1.5m
  20. Thomas Frank – £1.5m

Frank Lampard plots swoop for Chelsea youngster as Thomas Tuchel is set to give condition

Frank Lampard has reportedly already spoken to Chelsea over the potential transfer of Conor Gallagher.

TEAMtalk reports that Frank Lampard has approached Chelsea to make sure Everton are top of the list of potential clubs if Gallagher is sent out on loan again next season.

Rumours are that Thomas Tuchel is interested in promoting him to the first team but if Lampard’s Everton can offer more guaranteed first team football, it could make sense for all parties.

Gallagher is currently on loan at Crystal Palace and has been extremely impressive, leading to an England call up last November.

The young Englishman has added goals to his game, something we didn’t see a lot of previous to his transfer to Selhurst Park.

He’s managed seven goals in the league from midfield as well as three assists.

Sergio Aguero set to join Argentina coach Scaloni as part of his backroom staff

Sergio Aguero said he is in talks with Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni to be a part of his backroom staff ahead of the World Cup.

Aguero suffered an arrhythmia while playing a league game with Barcelona on Oct. 30 and six weeks later, announced he had to retire from football at the age of 33 due to a heart condition.

Although his wish of playing in a fourth World Cup is over, Aguero is hopeful he can help Argentina lift the trophy in a different role.

“I want to go to the World Cup,” Aguero said. “I spoke to Scaloni. He called me… the lads as well.

“We are looking to have a meeting this week and see what can be done… There is the idea that I could be a part of the backroom staff. If I go, I would be able to be with the players and be in the training sessions.”

Italy football legend reveals why Romelu Lukaku is struggling at Chelsea

Former England manager Fabio Capello has offered a fascinating insight as to why Romelu Lukaku is struggling at Chelsea.

Lukaku set a Premier league record of the fewest touches ever in a Premier League game during the 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

While on punditry duty for Sky Italia, Capello hinted that Chelsea’s possession-based football is the reason for Lukaku’s woes.

He said: “Lukaku fit perfectly into Conte’s counter-attacking style at Inter, because there were lots of spaces, he had this physical strength and pace that allowed him to flatten the defenders in Serie A.

“However, Chelsea play this very different type of football with lots of short passes and Lukaku doesn’t have the same spaces to move in.

“He also finds that in England the defenders have a similar physicality to him and hold out more.

(Watch Highlights) Chelsea secure 2-0 win over Lille as Tuchel provides injury updates on Kovacic, Ziyech

Chelsea coasted home to a comfortable 2-0 lead with a professional performance, a routine win to take with them to France for the second leg in three weeks time.

Goals in either half from Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic have the European champions with one foot in the quarter-finals, and it’s now on to the League Cup final on Sunday.

Havertz headed the Blues in front unmarked after just eight minutes before Pulisic scored a second after a brilliant run from N’Golo Kante.

Out-of-sorts striker Romelu Lukaku was only a substitute, with Havertz the main attacking threat – and the German almost scoring twice before his early strike.

Chelsea had few alarms against a spirited Lille side, with their composed and professional performance summed up by the quality shown by veteran defender Thiago Silva and outstanding midfield man Kante.

Silva made a mockery of his 37 years with a peerless performance, spending most of the night in cruise control, displaying experience and perfect positioning to snuff out any moments of danger.

The Brazilian also has a turn of pace when required and is such a consummate performer that he is a cult figure among Chelsea fans, who chanted his name throughout. Silva is a defender and leader of the highest class, who appears to improve with age.

A further bonus for boss Tuchel was the return of Kante to prime form, plugging gaps and starting attacks all over the pitch – perpetual motion at all times and a crucial component in his side’s engine room.

There was no better illustration of what Kante brings to Chelsea than the surging run and perfect pass to Pulisic, that allowed the forward to lift a finish over the onrushing Lille keeper Leo Jardim for a second goal that may yet prove decisive in pursuit of a place in the last eight.

The only negatives on a good night for Chelsea and manager Thomas Tuchel were injuries to Ziyech and midfielder Mateo Kovacic ahead of Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley.

“I should have subbed Mateo at half-time,” Tuchel told BT Sport.

“I have not spoken to the doctor about Hakim and hope it is not serious. Today is Tuesday, there are a lot of days to recover until Sunday. I hope they will be ready for Sunday.”

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(Watch Goal on Video) Pulisic doubles Chelsea’s lead at the Bridge 62’… Chelsea 2-0 Lille

It’s beautifully worked goal involving two beautiful players in Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante.

The Brazilian helps to break up a move deep in the Chelsea half, and picks out the French midfielder with a crisp pass.

It’s then over to Kante to do what he does so well. Accelerating away from Xeka, he drives forward over the halfway line and towards the Lille box.

Backing off and backing off, the visiting defenders finally make a move towards Kante, who chooses that moment to slip a pass through for Chrisian Pulisic to slide home.

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(Watch Goal on Video) Kai Havertz scores! 8’… Chelsea 1-0 Lille

Chelsea’s big game player Kai Havertz has done it again!

Hakim Ziyech floated over the resulting corner from the left, and Havertz pounced at the near post to head down, up, and in.

He scored the winner in the Champions League final, the winner in the Club World Cup final, and now he’s got the Blues up and running in this season’s Round of 16.

The German is mobbed by his teammates, and it could easily have been his hat-trick that they were celebrating given the player’s blistering start.

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