Chelsea Supporters’ Trust publish letter from CEO after strongly-worded message to Todd Boehly

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust have released club CEO Chris Jurasek’s response to their strong letter regarding supporters’ concerns.

Since Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital completed their takeover at the Blues in 2022, fans have increasingly expressed their discontent with the new ownership.

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Boehly is near the end of the second year of his tenure but trophies are yet to be wonCredit: AFP

Chants of ‘Boehly, you’re a c***’ were heard in their 2-2 draw away at Brentford earlier in March, with success on the pitch limited despite close to £1billion being spent on new signings since their arrival.

There is a sense of disconnect between the fans and the board, with the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust writing a letter to Boehly and co-owner Behdad Eghbali.

Supporter mood was first addressed, with the Trust believing there is a growing sense of the club becoming a ‘laughing stock’ as well as the potential for ‘irreversible toxicity’ unless improvement is seen.

Increases in matchday costs such as shirts, programmes and food and drink were also raised, with potential ticket rises for season ticket holders and general admission regarded as ‘extremely unwise’.

The Trust also called for the ‘urgent requirement’ to connect and engage with the wider fanbase, and fans to be able to see a ‘detailed strategy update’ to help instil confidence.

CEO Jurasek responded to the letter and affirmed that developing Chelsea in the most successful club in the world is helped by working with the supporters.

He said there is a ‘great deal of shared discussion’ through the Fan Advisory Board, with Fans Forum Meetings highlighting ‘strong communication’ between the club and fans.

Jurasek highlighted ‘diverse representation’ through the Jewish and Muslim Supporter Groups, and stressed that club revenue must be increased for the men’s and women’s teams to compete on the pitch.

Chelsea fans have become concerned about the direction the club is now going in

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Chelsea fans have become concerned about the direction the club is now going inCredit: Getty
The Chelsea Supporters' Trust wrote a lengthy letter to the club ownership

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The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust wrote a lengthy letter to the club ownershipCredit: Getty

Rising matchday costs were also addressed, with the club chief insisting there is ‘regular consultation’ with the Fan Advisory Board to take a ‘holistic’ approach on the issue.

Jurasek finished by saying Chelsea ‘endeavour to have regular and strong communication’ with supporters to improve the connection.

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Despite the response, the Trust’s Chairman Mark Meehan offered a reply and said: “It doesn’t really address the issue we raised.”

Meehan said that ‘a much wider form of communication’ is needed to reassure fans amid their ongoing concerns about the club’s direction.

Chelsea Foundation Chair Danny Finkelstein is said to ‘totally get fan engagement’, but there is a call for everyone at the club to follow suit.

Meehan finished off by stressing that Blues fans are supporters and not customers, with the Trust set to continue their work in ensuring that their voices are heard.



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