Mauricio Pochettino has told Todd Boehly and Chelsea’s owners that they will need to ask for permission to visit the dressing room and training pitch.
Boehly and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali were spotted on several occasions visiting the home dressing room at Stamford Bridge, as well as venturing out to the training pitch at Cobham.
However, ahead of the 2023/24 season and following the appointment of Pochettino, the new Chelsea head coach has insisted permission will have to be requested if they want to make any similar visits next term.
During his first Chelsea press conference as head coach, the Argentine told reporters:“First of all we need to understand they own the football club and we need to respect that.
“Another thing is to talk about how we need to behave because that is an important thing – the culture in England, football in England. My responsibility is to help and to add our knowledge and capacity to create this culture, so everyone knows how to behave in different situations.”
“Of course, for me, more than welcome if the owner comes to the dressing room, to the training ground. But, like I said, always they need to communicate it to myself, I need to know and to prepare, you know, the people because here it’s really special this type of thing in England.
“Maybe in other countries it’s different, but here it’s this way. The coach or the head coach, or the manager, you have some influence on all the football club for the fans, for the players, for the staff, for everyone. Of course, altogether we need to create this.
“We are there to guide, to guide all the people that are involved in this football club, to try to create the best performance, to try and work and perform in the best way.”
Chelsea fly to the United States later this month for their pre-season tour. They open their 2023/24 Premier League season with a home clash at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool on August 13.
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