Peter Kenyon has finally left the building after five years as Chelsea’s Sporting Director. There has been rumours of a rift between him and the owner Roman Abramovich so it is no great surprise that he has finally gone.
He said today: ‘I am extremely proud of my time at Chelsea and of the friendships I have forged with everyone here.
‘I have been in football for 15 years and I can say with great certainty and pleasure the experience at Chelsea is one of the best I have had.
‘When I joined Chelsea it was an incredible challenge and together with all the staff, the players, the board and Roman, I think we have really built a club, in a relatively short space of time, that can be in the forefront of European football for many years to come. That is a major achievement.
‘I am also delighted that our relationship is not ending and I can continue to make a contribution to keeping Chelsea in that position and to go back to visit friends.
‘I intend to take a little time off before considering what I do next but I am certain I have at least one major challenge left in me.
‘I would like to wish Chelsea the best of luck for the rest of the season. I am sure Carlo can lead the team to more great things.’
Kenyon was never loved by the fans, mostly since he came from Manchester United, so there won’t be many tears shed at Stamford Bridge tonight.