Peter Kenyon quits Chelsea

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is to step down from his current position at the end of October.

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The former Umbro marketing director will continue at the London club as a non-executive director.

Kenyon joined from Manchester United in 2003 after three years at Old Trafford.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich brought him in with the brief to increase Chelsea’s commercial income.

Under his stewardship, Chelsea has increased its revenue significantly, up 11.5% year on year to £212.9m during the 2007/2008 season.

Kenyon says he intends to take time off before considering what to do next, adding “but I am certain I have at least one major challenge left in me”.

There have been persistent rumours linking with him Manchester City following the club’s takeover by Abu Dhabi United Group.

Kenyon was also involved in recent negotiations to extend Chelsea’s primary sponsorship deal with Samsung.

The club has also recently signed partnerships with 188BET and Thomas Cook Sport.

Kenyon will continue to represent Chelsea in a number of capacities, including committee roles with Uefa.

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