Rickett’s family promise to win over Chelsea fans
The Ricketts family issued a list of promises they would keep should they win the bid to buy Chelsea FC.
Among these, and perhaps most importantly, the family said they would never join a European Super League and that they would keep the club at home at Stamford Bridge.
The Ricketts family, who also own the Chicago Cubs, are among favorites to buy the English Premier League club from Roman Abramovich – the Russian oligarch who put the team up for sale following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and British government sanctions had offered.
“As we move into the next phase of the process, we are sharing a list of specific commitments that give supporters a central role in protecting Chelsea’s legacy and building for future success,” the family said in a statement on Sunday.
“We will continue to discuss our ambitions for the club with fans and the wider football community over the coming days.”
Among other things, the family said they will not change the team’s name, colors or logos, help with the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, sign for Chelsea FC Women and increase the number of games the women’s team plays at Stamford Bridge and much more.
Chelsea supporters weren’t too keen on the Ricketts family potentially buying the team, and some even protested the move before Chelsea lost to Brentford on Saturday. The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust issued a statement saying the Ricketts’ offer was not “in the team’s best interest”. The group said 77% of its members do not support the offer – despite the CST not having a seat on Chelsea’s board. The Ricketts family said they would grant the group a seat on an advisory committee, along with a former team member of Men and Women and other community leaders.
The family said they “met with several Chelsea fan groups and carefully listened to all their feedback”. The Ricketts family will fly to London this week for further talks with the club. Other prospects, including Los Angeles Dodgers owner Todd Boehly, Boston Celtics owner Sir Martin Broughton and Stephen Pagliuca, are also in talks with the club.