Laurence Stewart‘s appointment has now been confirmed. He will join Chelsea as technical director, focusing on global football. There are various indications that the move is a step towards the creation of a “multi-club model” for Chelsea.
Laurence Stewart will be joining Chelsea in a new position as technical director to focus on football globally.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 26, 2022
Laurence Stewart is currently technical director at Monaco, where he has been with the club for 2 years. It was during his tenure that Monaco finished third in Ligue 1 for two consecutive seasons and reached the 2021 French Cup final. He was also the main person in charge of introducing powerful players such as Takumi Minaminoand Marang Sarr, and sold Tchouameni to Real Madrid for 80 million euros.
Part of Stewart’s appeal to Chelsea is that he worked within RB Leipzig’s Red Bull network and has a reputation for uncovering football talent over the years. And as we all know, Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is a big fan of the Red Bull football system.
Stewart also worked in performance analysis and recruitment coordination in his early years, playing for Manchester City, Everton and the England national team.
‘Excited about Chelsea’s vision’
Stewart couldn’t hide his joy and excitement after being named Chelsea’s technical director. He said in an official announcement: “I am delighted to join Chelsea and excited about the vision and direction of the club under the new owners and group. I am delighted to join them and help them build a world-class global A sports organization that consistently wins on the highest level and provides teams with a way to develop talent.”
What’s next for Chelsea
Chelsea is close to appointing Southampton’s Joe Shields as recruiting director, multiple sources have confirmed, and they are interested in recruiting Brighton’s Paul Winstanley – a recent move from Brighton Porter’s recruiting analyst Kyle Macaulay.
According to Todd Boehly, Stewart, Macaulay, Shields, and Win Stanley will form a key part of Chelsea’s creation of a “multi-club model”.
Boehly is still planning to buy Portimonense as a Chelsea satellite club. Negotiations between the two parties are still ongoing.