Chelsea have decided to include fans in board meetings from July 1 to ensure ‘fan sentiment’ is factored into decision-making.
The Blues were among the ‘Big Six’ Premier League clubs to contend with backlash from supporters after announcing themselves as founding members of the now collapsed European Super League.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic and the board “deeply regret” their decision to join the separatist competition, according to a club statement, and are now taking steps to make up for it for fans.
Three ‘fan advisers’ will be elected to represent supporters on the board, with Chelsea now ready to start consultations with fan groups to determine the selection process.
Chelsea said the successful candidates, who will attend four board meetings each year, will have no voting rights but will be present to offer advice on “a wide range of issues”.
A club statement read: “The Chelsea Football Club announces that from July 1 supporters will attend club board meetings.
“Three fan advisers, chosen through an election and selection process, will attend board meetings to ensure that general fan sentiment is factored into the club’s decision-making process. .
“The Club will now consult with the Fan Forum and several unofficial fan groups to discuss the Club’s proposed process for selecting the three Fan Advisors.
“The nomination criteria as well as the final selection will ensure that the fan presence is representative of our fan base in general and is inclusive and diverse. A new selection will be made before the start of each season.
“Further information regarding this consultation will be communicated directly to the Fan Forum and other unofficial fan groups in the coming days.
“Successful applicants will be required to enter into a confidentiality agreement, similar in scope to the confidentiality obligations of a member of the Chelsea Football Club board of directors. This will allow the club to discuss and seek advice on a wide range of issues.
“Fan advisers will have no voting rights and will not participate in any meetings relating to players, staff, Academy and related matters.
“Support Advisors will attend around four meetings per year, and more if needed. If they complete the year successfully, they will be eligible to select a UK registered charity to receive a contribution of 2,500 £ from the Club. “