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British property tycoon Nick Candy says he’ll have a ‘fan representative’ on the Chelsea board should be take over the club.

Candy is understood to be a leading candidate to purchase the club from owner Roman Abramovich. The UK government, who issued sanctions to Abramovich earlier in the week, are overseeing the sale.

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Candy is a boyhood Blues supporter and was at the win over Newcastle on Sunday

The sanctions have stunted Abramovich’s hopes of selling

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The sanctions have stunted Abramovich’s hopes of selling

And the 49-year-old has now pledged to hand supporters a role in decision-making at the club should he win the race to buy the west London side.

Abramovich being sanctioned by the government means his UK assets were frozen and has thus stalled his intention to sell the club.

The Government will now oversee the Raine Group’s handling of the sale, with Abramovich blocked from profiting under terms of the sanctions.

“We welcome the news that the sale of the club will be conducted quickly,” said a spokesperson for Candy.

“This is a reassuring development for fans after a week of great uncertainty.

“Mr Candy cares hugely about the future of the club and believes that the fans and the community are central to its continued success.


Blues technical director Petr Cech admitted that things are ‘day-by-day’ at the club, amid a number of restrictions

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Blues technical director Petr Cech admitted that things are ‘day-by-day’ at the club, amid a number of restrictions

“Should his bid be successful, Mr Candy would advocate for a fan representative to join the board so supporters become part of the decision-making process.

“If the club requires money to operate in the short term, Mr Candy would be happy to help ensure it has the necessary financial resources, subject to government approval.”

In an interview with Sky Sports, Candy said: “I’ve supported Chelsea since the age of four, my dad was asked to play for Chelsea. I love Chelsea. I don’t mind where it ends up, even if it’s not with me. As long as it’s in safe hands.

On fan involvement in the ownership, he added: “100 per cent, they should be involved in the ownership both on the board and economically.”

Candy is compiling a consortium to boost his resources for his bid, with a redevelopment of Stamford Bridge high on his agenda, but he’s not the only candidate to take over the club.

Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and American investor Todd Boehly are fronting up a consortium that has already tabled an unknown amount to buy Chelsea.

Meanwhile, little-known Turkish businessman Muhsin Bayrak has claimed he is closing in on a takeover deal.

And the latest prospective bidder is Sir Martin Broughton, the PA news agency reporting the former British Airways chairman is compiling his own bid to buy the Blues.

Broughton was involved with Liverpool in 2010 – but is also a lifelong Chelsea fan

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Broughton was involved with Liverpool in 2010 – but is also a lifelong Chelsea fan

Broughton spent time as Liverpool chairman in 2010 in order to broker the Reds’ eventual sale to John W. Henry and Tom Werner’s Fenway Sports Group.

He won a court battle to push on Liverpool’s sale to FSG, who have helped drive the Anfield club back to Premier League and European summit.

Broughton, a lifelong Chelsea supporter, remains the only person to have carried out a change of ownership at a top football club under UK Government supervision.

The state-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland was Liverpool’s biggest lender at the time, meaning Broughton boasts first-hand experience of negotiating a Premier League club sale with Government involvement.

This could give him the edge in what proves to be an intriguing race to buy Chelsea, in a vitally important time in the club’s history.

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