Chelsea Football Club have today confirmed that Bruce Buck will step down as Chairman of the club at the end of June, with new owner Todd Boehly expected to take his place.
It continues a major reshuffle in west London, with the club having been taken away from Roman Abramovich as a result of the sanctions imposed on him by the British government following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Buck had been chairman of the club since Abramovich took over in 2003, and will remain an integral part of the Stamford Bridge side as he moves into a senior advisor role, but will no longer occupy the main seat.
'During Buck’s chairmanship, Chelsea solidified its position as one of the world’s elite football clubs and a globally recognised brand followed by millions. In that time, the men’s team earned 18 major trophies (more than any other English club) while Chelsea FC Women won 12 major trophies', Chelsea wrote in an official statement.
Meanwhile, Buck was keen to point to his new position as senior advisor as a positive step, rather than a demotion.
'I am proud to have helped Chelsea realize great success on the pitch and make a positive impact in the community,' said Buck. 'Now is the right time to step down and let new ownership build on the strong foundations we have in place. The owners have a compelling vision for Chelsea’s future, and I look forward to helping them achieve it in this new role alongside our incredible staff, players, coaches and supporters.'
And new owner Todd Boehly was quick to add his thanks for the two decades of service that Buck provided, adding:
'Bruce has led Chelsea Football Club to the highest levels of international and domestic football, while also developing one of the most active social responsibility projects in sport, We thank Bruce for his service and his commitment to the Club.'
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