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Chelsea have continued their recruitment overhaul with the appointment of Monaco’s Lawrence Stewart as technical director, and plans to ax Brighton and Hove Albion’s head of recruitment Paul Winstanley.

Todd Boeli and Clearlake Capital have been making changes to Chelsea’s infrastructure since buying the club in May and are set to build a strong recruitment team around head coach Graham Potter. Christopher Whewell, who was sacked by RB Leispig last month, is ready to join in the role of technical director and Joe Shields must arrive as co-director of recruitment once he finished his horticultural leave in Southampton.

Stewart, who has to fulfill his commitments as Monaco’s technical director before joining, will “focus on football around the world”, Chelsea said.

The club were in talks to sign Winstanley from Brighton. Winstanley has built up a good reputation at Brighton, who have earned praise for their smart signings in recent years. This is reported by The Guardian that Chelsea were considering him last month and the club are ready to step up their interest.

Winstanley is expected to work closely with Shields, Stewart and Potter recruiting analyst Kyle McIllough. Winstanley knows Macaulay well from his time at Brighton.

Chelsea want at least four recruitment experts, with Wivell potentially tasked with coordinating the department. Plans to hire an athletic director have been shelved.

There has been speculation that Boeli and Clearlake would like to create something akin to a transfer think tank. The recruiting team could be fueled by Boelli, who has been serving as interim athletic director since June.

Boehly took on that role with the departure of Marina Granowska, the departures of Scott McLachlan and Piotr Cech, there are other holes to fill. “Chelsea” initially wanted to hire a sporting director and was close to destination Christoph Freund from RB Salzburg, only for that deal to fall through.

There are indications that Chelsea would prefer multiple recruitment experts rather than relying on one man. They want a collaborative approach with connections between the coaching staff, recruiting and ownership. Boehly, who presided over a big summer spending spree, could continue to take an active role in January transfer talks.

Chelsea could also appoint a new chief executive and head of football operations.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/oct/25/chelsea-paul-winstanley-brighton-laurence-stewart-monaco-recruitment

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