Chelsea appoint Christian Purslow as Head of Global Commercial Activities

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Chelsea have appointed former Liverpool Managing Director Christian Purslow as Head of Global Commercial Activities.

Chelsea have appointed former Liverpool Managing Director Christian Purslow as their Head of Global Commercial Activities.

Purslow was at Liverpool from 2009 until 2011 when he was appointed by the hated ownership of George Gillett and Tom Hicks at Anfield, but played a part in the Reds takeover by Fenway Sports Group in 2010.

The 50-year-old wasn't well-liked during his time on Merseyside, in particular when Rafa Benitez was manager at the club as the pair's disagreements were well documented.

A statement on the Chelsea website, read: "Chelsea Football Club is pleased to announce that Christian Purslow is joining the club to run our global commercial activities. Mr Purslow's appointment is effective ‎immediately.

"The club has ambitious plans to build the Premier League's most pioneering global commercial programme, partnering with innovative and market-leading organisations from around the world. The club believes Mr Purslow has the vision and the leadership qualities to help us achieve these plans.

‎"Chelsea does not expect to announce any other senior appointments in the near future. As announced last week, Chairman Bruce Buck and Director Marina Granovskaia have assumed the executive responsibilities held by our former chief executive."

Since leaving Liverpool, Purslow has been doing plenty of media work for the likes of the BBC and Sky Sports, giving his opinion on football finance. One particular instance in the recent past was when Purslow suggested that Manchester United may never qualify for the Champions League again if they fail to return this season or next. He was branded a 'clueless fool' by former Manchester United star Gary Neville.

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