Todd Boehly sacks Chelsea's long-serving head groundsman and his son in major cull but refuse to give reason | The Sun

CHELSEA have sacked their head groundsman Jason Griffin after 30 years at the club.

The Blues also terminated the contract of Griffin's son and assistant Reisse.

But there was no official reason given by the West London giants for their sudden exits.

The Daily Mail state the club will not comment on matters relating to personnel.

Griffin Sr became Chelsea head groundsman in 2003 and led the vast team that covered the playing and training pitches at Stamford Bridge, the Cobham training ground and Kingsmeadow, where the women's and development teams play.

He clashed with Patrice Evra in April 2008 when the Manchester United full-back barged him on the pitch – and then Griffin rowed with Red Devils fitness coach Tony Strudwick.


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An FA investigation followed and a commission concluded: "We broadly prefer Mr Griffin's account.

"We were favourably impressed by Mr Griffin as a witness, who came across as frank, calm and sensible. Mr Strudwick we found less reliable."

Griffin's departure along with Reisse is the latest major overhaul of key staff members since Todd Boehly led the £4.25billion takeover last May.

Changes have also taken place at board, coaching, playing and medical level in the ten months.

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Legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech left his role as technical and performance advisor in June.

Chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia were both moved on before Thomas Tuchel was sacked and replaced by Graham Potter.

On the pitch, there have been 15 major transfer arrivals – including big-money deals for Raheem Sterling, Mykhailo Mudryk, Wesley Fofana and record-signing Enzo Fernandez.

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