Kieran Maguire: Todd Boehly has identified his 'enemies' as talks with Chelsea rivals held
New Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly likely organised a recent meet-up of Premier League chairman in order to identify his friends and enemies within the league.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Boehly’s tactics to size up the competition following his £4.25billion takeover of the Blues in May.
The American billionaire appointed himself chairman and interim sporting director at Stamford Bridge following the departure of Bruce Buck in June.
The Athletic reported on Monday (25 July) that Boehly organised a dinner with his 19 opposite numbers in the Premier League.
It is understood that executives from rival clubs met with Boehly in London on Tuesday (26 July).
Maguire claims that the 48-year-old likely used the talks to assess Chelsea’s standing within the top flight.
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“Networking in football is an absolutely critical skill,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Identifying who are your friends and enemies at an early stage can certainly hold positive for any club.
“Todd Boehly comes across as a gregarious and talented individual. He will use events like this to assess the nature and objectives of other club executives.
“He will hopefully be able to identify who are his allies when decisions are being made.
“Clearly, there is still a lot of bad blood from the attempt of the owners of Chelsea and other sneaky clubs to set up Super League.
“Perhaps Boehly is going to use this to identify responses that are softer than the significant hostility that there is towards those clubs that tried to kidnap the domestic game.”