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‘Confident’ – Co-owner’s Chelsea commitment stance revealed amid ‘disappointing first season’



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Chelsea co-owner Hansjörg Wyss’ stance on his commitment to the club following a dismal opening year in England has been revealed.

Wyss arrived at Chelsea in May 2022 as part of the consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital who purchased the west London club in a deal worth £4.25 billion.

The Swiss billionaire has very much been a figure in the background, letting Boehly, Behdad Eghbali and Co run the show in the capital. However, he has been spotted at several games to watch the team during the 2022/23 season.

But it’s not been positive viewing for the 87-year-old. Chelsea’s disappointing campaign concluded last Sunday against Newcastle United, which saw their Premier League finish in 12th spot confirmed.

Now, as reported by Nicola Imfeld, Wyss’ commitment to Chelsea has been revealed following the end of the season as they prepare for the 2023/24 campaign.

It’s reported that Wyss’ ‘commitment hasn’t changed’ regardless of the club’s performances and results and he is ‘looking forward’ to next season and ‘remains confident’.

Since the Boehly-Clearlake ownership took over, there has been significant change on and off the field. Chelsea are now onto their third permanent head coach after the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino on Monday.

Chelsea are hoping he can steady the ship and rebuild a side which will avoid a repeat of the 16 defeats they suffered in the league last term.

The clear-out has already begun at Stamford Bridge. Joao Felix and Denis Zakaria won’t return to the club, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount all look increasingly likely to leave the club.

Chelsea’s owners are yet to address the fans directly via club channels, but Boehly insisted at the Milken Institute Global Conference last month that they will ‘figure it out’.

He said: “The fans are demanding and they want to win. We get that, we want to win. Our view though is that this is a long term project, and we’re committed to the long term, and we very much believe that we’re going to figure it out.”