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Gourlay replaces Kenyon at Chelsea

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  • Chelsea have named Ron Gourlay as their new chief executive at the club
  • Gourlay replaces Peter Kenyon who announced he is to leave Chelsea
  • The 46-year-old previously worked as the club's chief operating officer
  • Gourlay has also worked for Manchester United and Umbro in the past
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(CNN) -- English Premier League side Chelsea have moved quickly to replace outgoing chief executive Peter Kenyon by naming Ron Gourlay as his replacement

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English Premier League side Chelsea have appointed Ron Gourlay as their next chief executive.

Kenyon confirmed his decision to leave the Blues next month and Gourlay, who was previously the club's chief operating officer, has been confirmed as his successor.

The 46-year-old has been with Chelsea for five years in a variety of positions and has more than 25 years experience in football including previous roles ay Manchester United and sports equipment manufacturer Umbro.

Gourlay told Chelsea's Web site: "It is a huge honor to be offered the chance to lead Chelsea. We have a fantastic team both on and off the field and those teams can move us on to even greater success in the future.

"To be responsible for that is a fantastic challenge and I will be giving it my total commitment, drive and energy.

"All successful clubs strike the balance between the footballing and commercial sides and my role is to ensure this happens as it is a critical part of our strategy moving forward."

Kenyon will remain at the club on UEFA and the European Clubs' Association committees and will be one of the representatives in the Gael Kakuta case, even if he has left Stamford Bridge by that point.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck added: "Ron ensures continuity and a smooth transition -- he has the total support of the board and Roman Abramovich and both the football and business elements of the club will report to him.

"We are absolutely confident that he can now take us forward into the next stage of our development as a club and business."

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