Revisiting Marina Granovskaia’s first 10 signings as Chelsea director

Chelsea’s Executive Director Marina Granovskaia has earned herself a reputation as one of European football’s top administrators since taking her current job in January 2014, dealing with some massive transfers in that time.

The ‘Iron Lady’ became something of a wheeler-dealer, and Chelsea have seen an exceptionally high turnover of players in her time at the club. Her ability to negotiate a sale and spot a bargain have been a key reason for Chelsea’s recent success.

However, for every successful Kante or Rudiger, there have been some disastrous arrivals, as well as sales which the club would later regret.

Six managers have now worked under her in seven years, and whilst Thomas Tuchel has worked well with her strategy of control, others such as Frank Lampard and Antonio Conte were reportedly unhappy at her influence over signings.

Chelsea have won six major trophies since she took her current role, meaning she must be doing something right. We’ve taken a look at her 10 first signings to see how they fared.

See the full article on Granovskaia’s early Chelsea signings here.

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