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Sir Martin Broughton vows Chelsea will never have to fight for the future again

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Sir Martin Broughton has vowed Chelsea would never again face a fight for his future should he win the battle to buy the Stamford Bridge club.

The former British Airways chairman has submitted his consortium bid to buy Chelsea alongside fellow Blues fan and World Athletics President Lord Sebastian Coe.

Major US financier Michael Klein features prominently in Broughton’s bid, which promises to keep Chelsea at the forefront of European football.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe, pictured, has thrown his weight behind Sir Martin Broughton’s bid to buy Chelsea (Mike Egerton/PA).

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Roman Abramovich put Chelsea up for sale on March 2 amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian-Israeli billionaire was sanctioned by Downing Street last week, with the government claiming to have proven the 55-year-old’s links to Vladimir Putin.

Abramovich’s UK assets are all frozen except for Chelsea, but the Blues must operate under a strict government license.

Amid a proposal to put fans at the heart of the club’s decision-making, Broughton vowed never again to let Chelsea suffer from geopolitical shifts.

“The plan will guarantee that the club will never be beholden to any one individual or sovereign wealth fund, ensuring the club never again faces a crisis like this,” read a statement outlining Broughton’s plans.

Broughton acted as Liverpool chairman in 2010 to oversee the sale of the Reds to current owners, Fenway Sports Group, which has spurred sustained success at Anfield.

Roman Abramovich, pictured, will sell Chelsea after 19 years in Blues ownership (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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The former chairman of British American Tobacco worked with state-owned bank RBS Group on the takeover, making him the only person with UK experience working with the government on a football takeover.

That prior experience could bolster his bid for Chelsea, while Coe’s sporting and political acumen is a real coup.

“I am assembling a team that will ensure the future success and financial stability of a club that I have supported for more than 60 years,” commented Sir Martin.

“We will ensure an immediate purchase and a smooth transition, with funds available for immediate acquisition of the club and immediate investment in the team, facilities and commercial opportunity.

“I believe I am the right person to lead Chelsea Football Club as we begin this new chapter for the club.

“I have a track record of success in boardrooms throughout my career and have done so before. I remain the only person to have undergone a change of ownership at a major football club in a similar situation, which I did at Liverpool 12 years ago.

Graffiti calls on the government to take its hands off Chelsea after Downing Street imposed sanctions on Blues owner Roman Abramovich (Yui Mok/PA).

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“But most importantly, as a lifelong fan, I am committed to ensuring Chelsea maintain their prominent position at the forefront of European football and ensuring that fans come first.”

Broughton’s statement insisted his consortium has the funds needed to complete a swift takeover of Chelsea, which will be crucial to getting the club back on a normal operating footing.

The statement pledged an “immediate commitment to invest in players, facilities and commercial opportunities” and also insisted: “Act swiftly to resume normal operations at the club, avoid catastrophic delays and protect fans, staff, players and sponsors.” protect.”

Broughton would ensure all cash proceeds from sales go directly to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, while also committing to involving supporters in all key decisions and implementing MP Tracy Crouch’s fan-led review.

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Andrew Schnitker

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