Kenyon quits Chelsea job

LONDON - Peter Kenyon is leaving his role as chief executive of Chelsea after more than five years at the Premier League club.

LONDON - Peter Kenyon is leaving his role as chief executive of Chelsea after more than five years at the Premier League club.

Kenyon, who joined Chelsea from Manchester United in 2004, will vacate the post on October 31, the club said yesterday.

He will stay on at Stamford Bridge as a non-executive director, which will allow him to continue representing Chelsea on UEFA and European Clubs' Association committees.

"I think we have really built a club - in a relatively short space of time - that can be in the forefront of European football for many years to come. That is a major achievement," Kenyon said.

"I am also delighted that our relationship is not ending and I can continue to make a contribution to keeping Chelsea in that position and to go back to visit friends."

Kenyon moved to Chelsea from United after Roman Abramovich's 2003 takeover of the London club.

During his time at Chelsea, the Blues won the Premier League twice and reached the Champions League final for the first time last year.

When Chelsea lost to United in the Moscow final, Kenyon was criticised in the British media for going up with the players to collect a runners-up medal.

"Peter has done a fantastic job for Chelsea in the last five-and-a-half years and has been absolutely central to the success on and off the field we have had during that time," Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said. "Without his football knowledge and business acumen Chelsea would not be where we are today." - Sapa-AP

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