She graduated in 1997 from Moscow State University with honours and the same year started her career at Sibneft, the oil company formerly owned by Roman Abramovich.
'"Are you going to find something?" The schoolgirl “grey mouse”, as described by a former teacher, has made herself one of the big beasts of the footballing jungle. This promotion led her to earn the name of the most powerful woman in Football which was published by The Times. Marina Granovskaia was born in Russia and is a dual Russian and Canadian national.
'Rest assured,' was my answer. The LaLiga giants ended up paying £88.5m plus up to £41.5m in add-ons for a 28-year-old who had just one year left on his Blues' deal.
Then, following the 2003 purchase of Chelsea, as the head of his London office, although initially unconnected to the club. They only talk, seriously, to the people they want to talk to. Lampard met Abramovich on his yacht in St Tropez the month before his appointment - but it was Granovskaia who rubber-stamped a £5.5m-per-year deal for the Chelsea legend to compete his fairytale return to West London. Her ability to network, though, was clear. It is the way that Chelsea’s true elite have done business since 2003.
That was until the Russian deputised to the woman who makes all the big decisions at the club, now. Man Utd in talks to sign Atalanta's Traore, Tottenham in talks to sign Rodon from Swansea, Gunnersaurus release by Arsenal prompts GoFundMe page, Granovskaia was a major influence in the construction of Chelsea's training ground in Cobham, which opened in 2007 after three years of planning, Granovskaia and Mourinho - then Manchester United manager - exchanged warm regards after last season's FA Cup final, Diego Costa was plucked from under the noses of a number of rival bidders in 2014, Thibaut Courtois left Stamford Bridge with less than a year remaining on his contract last August, Thibaut Courtois took aim to accuse her of backtracking over promises she had apparently made that he would be allowed to leave last summer, Chelsea 'furious' with Courtois criticism, We would like your feedback, please fill in our survey.
When Marcos Alonso extended his contract at Stamford Bridge in October, it was Granovskaia who was quoted in the club's press release. WHEN Frank Lampard inked his three-year deal with Chelsea on back in July last year, the presence of Marina Granovskaia alongside him at his unveiling was fitting.
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They first came into contact when she joined a Russian oil company he had just taken over in 1997. On top of that, she received plenty of support for recouping a tidy £175m by shipping out a variety of flops from David Luiz to Alvaro Morata to Oscar. Soft touch no more.
When Antonio Conte began to use his press conferences to publicly absolve himself of responsibility for the club’s decline in his second season, it was Granovskaia who made it clear to the Italian he would be the fall-guy.
Queen intervened with Prince Louis's name - and he … He said: "That Marina is hard at negotiation is normal. Marina Granovskaia is a director working for Chelsea F.C. @Ronnabe.
That then dropped to £4m, before finally all parties agreed on a deal somewhere lower than that. Initially, Granovskaia wanted the Italian giants to pay around £5.3m for their manager's services.
Instead, she smiled and greeted the invited guests, but made nothing more than polite small-talk. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. The LaLiga giants ended up paying £88.5m plus up to £41.5m in add-ons for a 28-year-old, recouping a tidy £175m by shipping out a variety of flops from David Luiz to Alvaro Morata to Oscar, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). It is different behind the scenes, where it matters.
Miraculously, Granovskaia made money instead. The strictly private business powerhouse, Granovskaia was quoted when Marcos Alonso signed his new Chelsea deal last year, Man Utd sign Telles from Porto for £15.4m, Arsenal expected to meet £45m Partey release clause. Instead, Granovskaia brought in the same financial approach that Abramovich would have demanded from his other businesses. No key decisions take place at the club without her consent. Apparently, too, her favourite restaurant is Knightsbridge eaterie Sumosan Twiga, the brand founded by former Benetton [later Renault F1] Formula One team principal Flavio Briatore.
Welcome to Chelsea, Ross Barkley! She also orchestrated the move to Chelsea's new training ground at Cobham, which opened in 2007 and is one of the best in the country.
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She has worked closely with Mr Abramovich as a senior adviser over the last 18 years, looking after his various assets and interests. It has been reported she was integral in building relations with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, who to this day act as a breeding ground for much of Chelsea's young talent. Who is Chelsea's Marina Granovskaia? Now, as far as Chelsea is concerned, with Abramovich an absentee landlord and even more so since the departure of sporting director Michael Emenalo in 2017, she is the power, and the glory. Marina Granovskaia (Russian: Марина Грановская; born 13 January 1975) is a Russian-Canadian who is currently a director at Chelsea.
By then, Granovskaia had been elevated to a place in the club’s elite, a member of both the Chelsea plc and football club boards, with special responsibility for transfers, contracts, loans and the academy. Manager Maurizio Sarri's name … But it's with Roman's money where Granovskaia is trusted the most. Granovskaia's final say on transfers has not always been well-received by Chelsea's managers. that get players and dispose of them, they have the most difficult job. Players' agents and club representatives have become used to dealing with Granovskaia for transfer business, even when technical director Michael Emenalo was still in post. In October 2018, when Chelsea launched their campaign against anti-Semitism at the Westminster apartment of then-Commons Speaker John Bercow, Granovskaia let Bruce Buck take the lead for the club and did not speak publicly.
"Roman trusts her implicitly. She graduated in 1997 from Moscow State University with honours and the same year started her career at Sibneft, the oil company formerly owned by Roman Abramovich. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. Sumosan Twiga supply Chelsea’s VIP executive boxes with food and head chef Bubker Belhit described her as an “amazing person”, adding: “She’s on top of any small things to the biggest thing.”. "She is basically the power at Chelsea," a source quoted by the Evening Standard said of her. "It is symbolic of her role that she was crucial in getting Jose back. Even so, Granovskaia prefers to stay in the background. Fran Kirby’s early header proved to be the difference in the battle of the Blues, as a dominant performance in the Midlands was rewarded with three points. Manager Maurizio Sarri's name was notable for its absence. A face, frequently in the background, not a voice. View our online Press Pack. Aouar latest as Lyon sign midfielder, Torreira to Atletico, Partey update, Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Last-dash deals for Traore, Cavani and Telles, Chilwell, Sancho and Abraham to miss Wales clash after flouting Covid rules, Man Utd finalise Telles with Cavani to come as Arsenal close on Partey, Benrahma pricing himself out of Palace transfer with whopping £16m wage demands, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No.
He had fallen out with Roman in very acrimonious and public circumstances and received a massive pay-off.". To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. — Marina Granovskia (@mgranovskia) October 25, 2014. Privately, Sky Sports understands Chelsea are furious at the accusation from their former player and vehemently deny them - but don't expect a public response from Granovskaia any time soon. Surely that saved Chelsea millions in compensation should they have sacked Sarri, a man who fans wanted out, in the close season? All rights reserved. And who would be his executioner if his head was required. Within three years she was sworn onto the club's board, and in 2017 she demonstrated her fierce negotiating power by tying Nike into a £60m-a-year shirt sponsorship deal with Chelsea - which runs all the way until 2032. Her only projection is through the heavily-restricted portal of the Chelsea club website. The Russian-Canadian has been a close ally of owner Roman Abramovich for more than 20 years. Initially as an assistant at Sibneft, the oil conglomerate which helped turned Abramovich into an oligarch and one of the world’s wealthiest men. The woman who runs the club. Yes, she is fluent in English and other languages, although it is claimed that, if she loses her temper, she chooses to swear in her native tongue. Just like Abramovich, Marina Granovskaia opts for privacy over publicity. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes.
At least in public. Granovskaia has shown her mettle in orchestrating some of Chelsea's biggest transfers of recent years. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. And on the odd occasion she does find herself in the limelight it is rarely out of choice and this week was no different, after Thibaut Courtois took aim to accuse her of backtracking over promises she had apparently made that he would be allowed to leave last summer.
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