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Chelsea all clear to make technical director appointment, leaving just one key vacancy to fill

Christopher Vivell and Domenico Tedesco

Chelsea are about to appoint a technical director who has been dismissed by another club, although they are still wanting him to work alongside a sporting director.

After a busy summer in the transfer window, Chelsea’s new owners are still making adjustments to their off-the-pitch staff. They changed their head coach recently, replacing Thomas Tuchel with Graham Potter.

Still on the agenda is the task of appointing a sporting director to replace the departed Marina Granovskaia and collaborate with Potter. Work on that front continues after they failed to lure Christoph Freund from RB Salzburg.

However, another vacancy they are about to fill is that of the technical director. In that regard, they are seeking a replacement for Petr Cech, who left the club over the summer.

According to various sources, such as the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea have found Cech’s successor.

Reports have revealed that Chelsea will be instating Christopher Vivell to the role. His departure from another Red Bull club, Leipzig, has been confirmed on Friday.

RB Leipzig cited “contrasting views” as the reason behind their dismissal of Vivell.

Chelsea were already in discussions with Vivell earlier in the week, it is claimed. Now, he has agreed to join the club.

With Vivell in place, Chelsea can then focus on finding a sporting director. Together, the two new appointments will have a big influence on the club’s dealings.

The Telegraph reminds that Vivell could be followed to Stamford Bridge by two players – attacking midfielder Christopher Nkunku is set to sign for Chelsea in 2023, while they are also targeting his defender teammate Josko Gvardiol.

Christopher Vivell ready for new challenge as Chelsea technical director

Vivell, just 35 years old, has been RB Leipzig’s technical director since August 2020. He previously had experience as a scout and analyst for Hoffenheim, and a sports coordinator for RB Salzburg.

A new beginning is awaiting him in the Premier League with Chelsea. Todd Boehly and company will be hoping he can be useful to how they build their project as a club.

His experience working within a multi-club structure with Red Bull, which is something Chelsea might want to replicate, has made him an outstanding candidate. Soon, it will be time for him to get down to business.

Setting up their structure further before the January transfer window can only be a good thing for Chelsea. They need to have key decision makers in place ahead of the new year.

The club is increasingly being constructed in Boehly’s image with the figures he wants. Just like on the pitch, it might take some time for all the changes to become effective.

But Boehly will be giving them a platform to have an input after he had to oversee the summer transfer window as an interim sporting director.

Who will succeed him on a permanent basis in that task remains to be seen. But at least Chelsea are one step closer to filling out their board with the imminent appointment of a technical director.

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