Marina Granovskaia was recognised as the Best Club Director in European football during the Golden Boy Awards ceremony in November. Chelsea’s director has helped the club maintain their status in the world, and operate an efficient business model as well.
She is one of the leading women in football, and was ranked fifth in Forbes’ 2018 list of the ‘Most Powerful Women in International Sports’. The former secretary of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich took over the club once Michael Emenalo left the club. And since then, the Blues have been doing remarkable business.
Marina Granovskaia’s mode of operations revealed
The Russian executive has a reputation as an excellent businesswoman. She was able to arrange deals for the likes of Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata, David Luiz and Thibaut Courtois. Playing a big part in these negotiations, she was able to arrange a sizeable transfer fee as well.
She has also been able to sign some of the best talents in the world in recent years. Some of the names include Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Romelu Lukaku and the duo of Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva (both on a free transfer).
Marina Granovskaia is a strong figure in negotiations, often carrying them out via WhatsApp. She has also been able to get a good price for academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi and Tariq Lamptey as they sealed permanent moves away. As a result, her ability to run the club effectively is showcased through her brilliant work.