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Chelsea chairman steps down after 19 years

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The Premier League club will appoint a new chairman after Todd Boehly’s takeover last month.

Bruce Buck will step down from his role as Chelsea chairman at the end of the month.

The 76-year-old American, who has held the position since Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, will instead work as a senior advisor at Stamford Bridge.

‘Now is the right time to step down’

In a statement on Monday, Buck said it was the ‘right time to step down’ as Chelsea begin a new chapter under new owner Todd Boehly.

“I am proud to have helped Chelsea realize great success on the pitch and make a positive impact in the community,” said Buck.

“Now is the right time to step down and let new ownership build on the strong foundations we have in place.

“The owners have a compelling vision for Chelsea’s future, and I look forward to helping them achieve it in this new role alongside our incredible staff, players, coaches and supporters.”

Boehly added: “Bruce has led Chelsea to the highest levels of international and domestic football, while also developing one of the most active social responsibility projects in sport.

“We thank Bruce for his service and his commitment to the club.”