Chelsea technical director Christopher Vivell is placed on gardening leave just seven months after arriving with more responsibility given to co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart
- Chelsea’s technical director Christopher Vivell has left his role at the club
- The 36-year-old only took up his position at Stamford Bridge in December
- Vivell was hired as the long-term successor to former director Petr Cech
Chelsea’s technical director Christopher Vivell has left the club after less than a year in his role at Stamford Bridge.
The former RB Leipzig staff member joined Chelsea in December after leaving his post working in the German side’s recruitment and scouting departments.
However, he has departed his position as the Blues’ technical director where he was tasked with helping the club’s long-term project of success under owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.
The 36-year-old was hired as the long-term successor to former advisor and legendary Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech who left the club following the ownership takeover.
Vivell is understood to be serving his gardening leave period at the club and isn’t playing an active role ahead of the new Premier League season.
Chelsea’s technical director Christopher Vivell has left the club after less than a year in his role
Vivell (right) was hired in December last year after impressing in his position at RB Leipzig
There was board-level restructure at Stamford Bridge after the January transfer window that resulted in Vivell reporting to Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley.
Vivell originally came in at a more senior role than the duo.
Chelsea’s co-owners are big fans of the work that Stewart and Winstanley have been doing and that has proven to be a big factor in Vivell’s departure.
The move for Vivell to exit contradicts the the enthusiasm that surrounded his arrival in London last year.
Upon taking his role, Chelsea’s controlling owner, Boehly, stated: ‘We are delighted that Christopher is taking up this important leadership role at the club. His work in Germany and Austria speaks for itself.
‘We are confident he will continue on his impressive trajectory here at Chelsea.
‘He will provide important support to Graham [Potter] and the ownership group and play a vital part in advancing our overall vision for the club.’
There was no comment from Chelsea after it emerged that Vivell had left.