Paul Merson reacts as key top executives are leaving Chelsea

Marina Granovskaia, Petr Cech and Bruce Buck
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The Todd Boehly era was expected to bring a new phase at Chelsea, but fans have become worried at how fast the change is happening under the new owners.

Chelsea legend Petr Cech confirmed on Monday that he’d quit his role with the club this month.

The Blues legend decided to step down from his role as Technical and Performance Director at Chelsea, as there continues to be a mass exodus of Chelsea board members following Todd Boehly’s takeover of the club.

Cech’s departure follows the exits of Marina Granovskaia and Bruce Buck, who have both left their roles since Boehly completed his takeover of the club from Roman Abramovich.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, has revealed his shock at the changes happening at Chelsea.

Merson feels that with the new American owners taking on a new challenge, they are being hasty with the changes going on at the club.

According to Merson, some of the knowledge base should have been kept at Stamford Bridge, until the new owners get a hold of how things are done.

“Yeah it does [concern me], it does very much so,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I’d have thought maybe the people coming in would have left Petr Cech in his position and the lady who did an unbelievable job [Marina Granovskaia] – I apologise I can’t pronounce her name, but she did a great job at the club.

“You shadow them. You keep them there at the club and you shadow.

“It’s not easy, it’s baseball or basketball, you’re not doing trades. This is professional football and I’m quite shocked them two have left, the way they’ve left.”

Reacting to Petr Cech’s decision to leave the club, Boehly acknowledged that he understands Cech’s decision and wishes him the best.

He said: “Petr is an important member of the Chelsea family.

“We understand his decision to step away and thank him for his contributions as an advisor and his commitment to the club and to our community. We wish him the best.”