Gourlay ends role as Chelsea chief executive

Chelsea have announced that chief executive Ron Gourlay is leaving the club after over five years in the role, while a replacement is still to be announced, BBC Sport has reported.

Having originally joined the club in 2004 following work at rivals Manchester United, Gourlay succeeded Peter Kenyon in 2009 and was involved in the club’s three record signings, with Fernando Torres joining them for £50m in 2011 and Eden Hazard and Diego Costa arriving for £32m since.

He was also a key figure regarding the many managerial ins and outs at Chelsea in recent years, with Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benitez and current incumbent Jose Mourinho all working under him.

In a statement on Chelsea’s official website, Gourlay said that it had been a ‘privilege’ to work for the Blues during the most successful spell in their history, and that the time was right to move on.

The Blues, who have temporarily replaced Gourlay with chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia, added in their own statement: “Ron’s efforts have helped the club to achieve its position as one of the leading football clubs in the world.”

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