In The News: Kenyon, Ramires & Ashley

So we kick off with the news that Peter Kenyon has finally left Chelsea, coming less than a year after he stepped down from the position of Chief Executive.

With Ron Gourlay now the full time CEO, Kenyon was retained in a non-executive advisory role and it was he who called time on his involvement with the club, in order to focus on other business interests.

Chairman Bruce Buck spoke of Kenyon’s time at Chelsea; ‘Peter presided over the club during a time of great success and unprecedented commercial growth, and subsequently, as non-executive director he was effective in representing Chelsea FC in our dialogue with world football bodies.

Buck added; ‘I’d like to thank Peter for everything he’s done for this football club and everyone here wishes him well for the future. He’ll always be welcome back at Chelsea.’

Kenyon was largely derided amongst Chelsea supporters, yet we feel the man did a good job during his time at Stamford Bridge, introducing a more professional business dynamic to the club as well as many supporter initiatives such as the Fans Forum too. We at wish Peter Kenyon all the best.

In other news, the longest running ‘will he, won’t he’ transfer saga of the summer appears to have reached the final stage with news that Brazilian international Ramires has been refused a work permit. Before you all punch your monitors and shout ‘conspiracy’, this was largely expected.

A work permit is only granted immediately if a player is picked for 75% of recent internationals, he doesn’t qualify because of his relative lack of appearances for Brazil. Chelsea have appealed, using the ‘exceptional talent’ clause that United have used in the past. The hearing is on Thursday, as Ramires is due to play for Brazil on Wednesday.

Finally we finish with the Ashley Cole to Madrid rumours, now that both Ancelotti and Mourinho have said he’s staying, let’s hope the media have finished with this bore of a story too.

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