Christian Purslow (he’s the one in the center of the lead photo) has stepped down from his role as managing director at Chelsea Football Club today, Chelsea have confirmed.
Chelsea’s official announcement does not contain any reasons why he’s made this move, but the wording would indicate that it was his decision rather than the club’s. Purslow is also the managing director of a multi-billion dollar private equity firm, so it’s entirely conceivable that activities related to that job require his full attention and he’s decided to reduce his own workload after two and a half years at Chelsea. Or, he simply feels that he’s completed the remit for which he was hired. Either way, he’s made great positive impact on the club’s financial dealings.
When Purslow joined, Chelsea's kit was generating £48m per year for club. He leaves with the kit generating £110 million per year from 17/18— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) February 17, 2017
Jake wrote an in-depth profile for us on Purslow back in 2014, which you should read.
During these last three seasons, Purslow has been instrumental in building new partnerships and sponsorships for Chelsea, including, but not limited to the deals made with Yokohama (shirt sponsor), Carabao (training kit sponsor), and Nike (shirt manufacturer) and establishing or re-establishing partnerships with the likes of Delta, Hublot, and Beats.
“I am proud of what we have all achieved, with Chelsea now enjoying great success off the field as well as on it and a commercial team in place to help cement Chelsea's position at the top of the game.”
-Christian Purslow; source: Chelsea FC
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck thanks Purslow for his contributions, and I think we can all join in on those. Chelsea would not be as competitive in modern football as we are without the work of men like Christian Purslow.
“Christian joined us in 2014 with the goal of transforming our commercial activities. Under his leadership some of the world's finest brands and companies have joined us and we have announced some record-breaking sponsorships. Christian will continue to work with the club in a transition period until the end of the season. We are very grateful for his contribution and he will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge.”
-Bruce Buck; source: Chelsea FC