Chelsea new owner Todd Boehly has done the unthinkable by firing his long-serving head physiotherapist Thierry Laurent in a brief zoom call after the Frenchman has given the west London club his 17 years of outstanding performance.
The sack of Laurent epitomizes Boehly’s continued ruthless overhaul of the Stamford Bridge club behind the scene.
National Daily gathered that Laurent has been working with Chelsea’s senior players since 2005 and was later promoted to his head physio role in 2014.
It is understood that the 56-year-old has worked closely with a host of different Chelsea managers, playing a key part behind the scenes in Champions League and Premier League title wins.
However, National Daily can confirm from the claim by The Daly Mail, that Laurent has been relieved of his duties during the international break and was informed during a ‘short zoom call’ on Tuesday.
The news came out of the blue, though follows in the wake of medical director Dr Paco Biosca also leaving Stamford Bridge after 11 years.
National Daily further learned from the report by The Athletic, that Laurent was ‘shocked’ by the decision and was informed during the zoom call that the new owners want to bring their own person in.
Todd Boehly and Chelsea’s new ownership have been keen to stamp their mark on the club they spent billions on, with a host of key figures from Roman Abramovich’s reign having been let go.
Chief among them, of course, was Thomas Tuchel – who was replaced by Graham Potter – while the likes of Marina Granovskaia, Bruce Buck and Petr Cech have all left in recent months.
Laurent’s exit will be just as keenly felt by the players, particularly those who have been at the club for some time, and Chelsea’s owners now intend to overhaul and reshape the medical department.
New appointments will be made in due course, with the American ownership having conducted a 100-day review to ascertain where improvements could be made.
They will struggle to find a physio with a better CV than Laurent, though, who came to Chelsea with an incredible pedigree working with France’s national team at the Clairefontaine football centre for 15 years.
Laurent is understood to have joined the Blues at the start of the most successful era in the club’s history, working with greats such as John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba as well as the current crop of players who most recently won the Club World Cup.