Chelsea youth development manager Neil Bath outlines Todd Boehly’s academy plans after takeover


Chelsea youth development manager Neil Bath has described the strategy presented to him by Todd Boehly after the duo met.

Boehly is part of the Boehly-Clearlake Capital consortium which completed the purchase of Chelsea in May.

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Bath opened up about meeting the American and gave an insight into his strategy.

The youth development manager admitted his aim was to improve the academy, putting in place a ‘Vision 2030’ strategy under the new owner to pursue success with silverware.

He said: “Our attention will quickly be focused on the seasons ahead and how we can improve and improve. One of the most important elements in this respect is the implementation of our Vision 2030 strategy.”

Chelsea youth development manager Neil Bath. (Alamy)

Bath then went on to reveal his meeting with Boehly, after the Boehly-Clearlake consortium completed their purchase of Chelsea on May 30, where he outlined the Blues’ future academy strategy.

“We had the opportunity to present this plan to Todd Boehly and the new owners during a series of meetings, during which their comments and support were really positive and encouraging,” he continued.

Bath finished by praising former owner Roman Abramovich, who saw several players come through Cobham’s academy to make their first-team debut.

He concluded: “We have had tremendous support from Roman Abramovich for many years and now we are truly excited to start a new era with these new ideas, innovations and strategies at the heart of our progress. It’s an exciting time to be at Chelsea Academy!

Chelsea will be looking to tie up the futures of several of their academy stars following the announcement that Xavi Simmons has extended his contract.

Todd Boehly (centre) at the side of the pitch after the Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.  (Alamy)
Todd Boehly (centre) at the side of the pitch after the Premier League game at Stamford Bridge. (Alamy)

Harvey Vale is out of contract in 2023 and looks set to be the next player to break into Chelsea’s first team under Thomas Tuchel.

Additionally, Reece James and Mason Mount’s deals at Chelsea expire in 2024, with the pair becoming key players at Stamford Bridge and attracting interest from top European clubs.

It remains to be seen how successful the academy will be under the new owners, with Boehly previously promising to focus on producing players for the first team under consortium ownership.

The Blues are looking to bolster their squad with some quality additions this summer, while hoping many of their academy players can make the step up to the first team as many have done in the past.


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