Chelsea have been rejected by their leading candidate to become their new Sporting Director.
It had seemed as if they were closing in Red Bull’s Christoph Freund, currently with Red Bull Salzburg, as the man who would work alongside new manager Graham Potter.
However, somewhat to their surprise, he has rebuffed the opportunity, claiming that this is out of loyalty to the Red Bull project.
Now they are looking for other solutions to fill the role that, de facto, co-owner Todd Boehly, has been performing in recent months.
They have been forced to turn to other candidates, although one man who seems to be out of contention is Michael Edwards. He left Liverpool in the summer after overseeing their revival in recent years under Jurgen Klopp, but prefers to have a full year off from football before considering other positions.
Boehly wants to have somebody lined-up before the World Cup starts so they are best positioned when the January transfer window opens, Potter’s first chance to bring his own players into the club.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.