EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea head physio Thierry Laurent is let go on ZOOM after 17 YEARS at Stamford Bridge – as clearout under new owner Boehly continues after Tuchel, Buck, Granovskaia and Cech exits
- Chelsea’s off-field exodus has continued with another high-profile departure
- Head physiotherapist Thierry Laurent is leaving after 17 years at the club
- He follows medical director Dr Paco Biosca, who was in his position for 11 years
Chelsea’s off-field exodus has continued with long-serving head physiotherapist Thierry Laurent leaving the club in another major change to their medical department.
Chelsea are parting ways with Laurent who will depart after 17 years at Chelsea and follows medical director Dr Paco Biosca, who was in his position for 11 years, in leaving the Stamford Bridge club.
He was informed of the news on a short zoom call on Tuesday.
Todd Boehly’s brutal cull of Chelsea staff has continued with the departure of Thierry Laurent
Chelsea are parting ways with Laurent (pictured right, with David Luiz in 2013), who will depart after 17 years
Laurent’s exit is the latest in a growing list of notable departures from Chelsea since their takeover by the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital consortium.
They will make their own appointments as they reshape Chelsea’s medical department, along with other areas of the club, following their purchase.
Laurent arrived at Chelsea in 2005 with an impressive CV having worked at France’s national football centre Clairefontaine for 15 years.
Manager Thomas Tuchel was sacked by the Blues earlier this month after a 100-day review
He was France’s physio at the 1996 Olympics and between 1997 and 2005 before a second spell between 2012 and 2014, being part of a setup that went to seven major international tournaments.
He was initially responsible for the care of Chelsea’s first team players on his arrival in 2005 before becoming head physio in 2014, leading the first team’s medics while also overlooking the academy and ladies side’s medical teams.
Chelsea’s new owners conducted a 100-day review of the entire following their takeover at the end of last season and manager Thomas Tuchel was the biggest casualty, being sacked earlier this month just seven games into the season
Former chairman Bruce Buck (right), director and transfers chief Marina Granovskaia (left), and technical and performance director Petr Cech have all left Stamford Bridge recently
During the summer chairman Bruce Buck, influential director Marina Granovskaia and technical and performance advisor were among the members of the Chelsea hierarchy to leave, resulting in Boehly taking over as chairman and interim sporting director as well as being a co-controlling owner.
Head of international scouting Scott McLachlan also moved on for a new challenge at the start of this month, though he had decided to seek a new challenge before Chelsea’s change of ownership.
Last week saw other significant changes along with Dr Biosca, with commercial director Damian Willoughby being sacked and the departure of respected director of communications Steve Atkins also being announced following his appointment as McLaren Racing’s new chief communications officer.