In the wake of the departure of President Bruce Buck, the former assistant of Roman Abramovich will in turn leave the Blues.
Turning ? This episode with Didier Drogba in 2009 which allowed Marina Granovskaïa to assert her importance within the sports structure of Chelsea. This season, the Elephants star was relegated to the Blues bench by Luiz Felipe Scolari. When Guus Hiddink took over, the striker had to serve a suspension imposed by UEFA. The reason ? His “aggressive behavior” following the defeat in the semi-finals of the Champions League against FC Barcelona. Drogba seemed to be heading ever more towards the exit door at Stamford Bridge.
But that was without counting the intervention of Granovskaïa. Roman Abramovich’s right-hand man, she convinced the Russian oligarch to offer the Ivorian a new contract, even putting her own job on the line. Result: Drogba extended his stay in London by three years and guided Chelsea to a new title in Premier League, two FA Cups and, of course, a Champions League. For the same price, Abramovich would have had to wait nine more years to see his team win a Cup with big ears. Since this masterstroke, Granovskaïa has never again been considered the same way at Chelsea.