Chelsea confirm agreement to hire Laurence Stewart as technical director

Stewart is joining Chelsea
Stewart is joining Chelsea / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Chelsea have confirmed that Laurence Stewart will join as the club's new technical director once his commitments with current employers Monaco are finished.

Stewart is the latest in a long list of targets for Blues co-owner Todd Boehly, who is also expected to add Christopher Vivell and Joe Shields to his new recruitment team and is also pursuing more hirings.

"Laurence Stewart will be joining Chelsea in a new position as technical director to focus on football globally," a Chelsea statement read.

On his imminent move to Chelsea, Stewart said: "I’m delighted to be joining Chelsea and excited about the vision and direction of the club under the new ownership group.

"I am excited to join them to help them build a world-class global sporting organisation to consistently win on the pitch at the highest levels and provide player pathways to help develop our talent."

Stewart has spent time with The FA, Manchester City and RB Leipzig in the past, even operating as Red Bull's head of global scouting before his move to Monaco in 2020.

His experience with Red Bull is noteworthy as Boehly is known to be a huge fan of the group's multi-club approach and has held talks with a number of officials from the company, including Vivell, who has spent time with both Leipzig and Salzburg.

Boehly and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali said of Stewart: "Laurence is an important appointment as we plan to build a deep sporting team that will collaborate closely. Laurence is a world-class football leader who understands talent management, data and scouting, player development and performance."