Guy Laurence: The former telecoms chief extending Chelsea’s commercial tentacles

12 January 2021

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Photo: PA Images Chelsea players celebrating the team's second goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge, London on Saturday 22nd February 2020.

While media attention is on manager Frank Lampard, the business side of things at Chelsea are in an increasingly good place.

Chelsea CEO Guy Laurence, who sold James Bond to the world in the 1990s before becoming an executive star at Vodafone, has outgrown rivals commercially.

Chelsea portfolio focussed on commercial growth and running of the club, while Russians hold the cards on football operations.

Chelsea posted £32.5 million profit for year to June 2020 despite Covid shutdown.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

While media attention is on under-pressure Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and owner Roman Abramovich, who might sack manager number 13 of his eighteen-year reign, the business side of things at Chelsea are in an increasingly good place.

Sheltered from all the noise about the first-team, chief executive Guy Laurence has brought the club back to profitability, despite a Covid-hit set of results for 2019/20, while rivals have been outgrown commercially.

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