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Chelsea’s Boehly outlines multi-club vision and a plan to make EPL more like America

By Samindra Kunti

September 14 – Chelsea chairman and part owner Todd Boehly has said he wants to build a multiple-club network to complement the acquisition of the London club. The American has also suggested an MLB-styled all-star game in England to raise funds to be distributed across the English football pyramid.

Speaking on Tuesday at the Salt conference in New York, a bullish, shoulder-shrugging Boehly spoke of his vision for the club and the game. Asked about the scepticism around him, Boehly said: “We are going to be continuously adding resources and we have been talked about having a multi-club level. I would love to continue to build out the footprint and there are different countries where there are advantages to having a club.”

“Red Bull does a really good job. They have got Leipzig and Salzburg, both of which are playing in the Champions League. So, they have figured out how to make that work. You have Man City who have a very big network of clubs.

‘The challenge that Chelsea has right now is that when you have 18, 19 and 20-year-old superstars you can loan them out to other clubs, but you put their development in someone else’s hands,” he continued.

“Our goal is to make sure that we can show pathways for our young superstars to get on to the Chelsea pitch while getting them real game time. For me, the way to do that is through another club in another really competitive league in Europe.”

Boehly’s words suggest he wants to explore multiple-club ownership in the future with an eye to developing players within his own club constellation.

Boehly, who succeeds Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge, also proposed an American-inspired model to raise funds for the lower level of the game, who have long complained that the distribution model doesn’t reflect the riches of the Premier League.

A co-owner of the LA Dodgers, he pitched a north versus south all-star game, borrowing from baseball.

“Ultimately, I hope…

Source link : https://www.insideworldfootball.com/2022/09/14/chelseas-boehly-outlines-multi-club-vision-plan-make-epl-like-america/

Author : Paul Nicholson

Publish date : 2022-09-14 10:02:41

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