The former goalkeeper’s departure follows the recent exits of chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia. Cech played 333 times for the club and was a vital part of the club’s Champions League triumph in 2012.
Three years ago, he was appointed to the advisory role and memorably went outside of Stamford Bridge to talk to Chelsea fans during the Super League protests by the club’s supporters.
Official. Petr Cech leaves Chelsea with immediate effect: “It has been a huge privilege to perform this role at Chelsea for the past three years. With the Club under new ownership, I feel now is the right time for me to step aside”. 🔵 #CFC
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— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 27, 2022
Petr Cech Departs Stamford Bridge as Club Continues Its Restructure
Boehly Targets Cech Replacement
The former goalkeeper becomes the latest departure from Chelsea as the Todd Boehly revolution begins to gather pace. Some reports suggest Cech was unhappy with the departure of Romelu Lukaku, with the ex-Chelsea goalkeeper speaking positively about the Belgian striker only days before his departure back to Inter Milan. “I personally believe he will have a great season. Last season we saw how strong he can be at the beginning when he came.”
The departure of the 40-year-old Chelsea legend has put more responsibility on the shoulders of new club front man Boehly. The American asked Cech to remain in his post to assist in this transition period. Speaking on his departure Chelsea’s co-controlling owner was full of praise for Cech: “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.”
Boehly is thought to be keen on following the successful model of Liverpool by hiring a new Sporting Director. Michael Edwards, who helped assemble the Liverpool squad and implement Jurgen Klopp’s vision, is thought to be the number one choice with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy. The 42-year-old Englishman is a wanted man with many clubs expressing an interest in acquiring his services.
Cech leaves Stamford Bridge with his reputation intact. His performances on the pitch will always be remembered fondly by Chelsea fans, and when he spoke to fans at the Super League protests, it only enhanced his reputation with the supporters.