Todd Boehly ruthlessly sacks father and son on Chelsea staff in major cull
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has continued his overhaul of the club by sacking the Blues head groundsman and his assistant in a fresh cull of staff at the Premier League side
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has sacked head groundsman Jason Griffin after 30 years at the club, as well as removing his assistant and son Reisse.
Griffin senior has head groundsman since 2003, leading a team of more than 10 people, including his son. The younger Griffin held the position of assistant grounds manager at the Premier League side, but both he and his father have now left their roles.
They were responsible for maintaining the playing surfaces at Stamford Bridge, the club’s Cobham training ground and Kingsmeadow, the home of the Blues’ women’s and youth teams. The duo’s team earned widespread praise and industry acknowledgement for their work.
Chelsea have told the Daily Mail that they will not comment on personnel matters. But the departures of the Griffins appears to be part of a wider overhaul of staff that is being pushed by Boehly since his takeover last summer.
The American and his Clearlake Capital consortium have since made wholesale changes throughout the club’s off-pitch staff. Medical, recruitment, coaching and the hierarchy at the Blues have all been overhauled since Boehly bought the Blues from Roman Abramovich.
Griffin senior hit the headlines in April 2008 when he became involved in an FA investigation after a clash between Chelsea’s ground staff and Manchester United star Patrice Evra. Chelsea’s then head groundsman was barged by Evra as staff attempted to begin work on the pitch following a win over the Red Devils.
Griffin then became involved in a row with United’s then fitness coach Tony Strudwick over the incident. After an investigation, the FA backed Griffin’s version of events.
The investigating commission said: “We broadly prefer Mr Griffin’s account. We were favourably impressed by Mr Griffin as a witness, who came across as frank, calm and sensible. Mr Strudwick we found less reliable.”
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