Chelsea have revealed that they will give three fans the chance to be allowed into board meetings from July 1.
As the Blues attempt to rebuild their relationship with fans following the botched European Super League revolt, they have taken the first step by giving elected “supporter advisors” a presence at board meetings.
The trio will not have any voting rights, nor will they attend meetings relating to players, staff or the academy.
But the supporter advisors will attend around four board meetings per year, with a new selection process taking place before the start of each season to allow for a wider scope of input.
Explaining the decision, a statement on the club’s website read: “Chelsea Football Club announces that, as from 1 July, there will be supporter presence at the Club’s board meetings.
“Three supporter advisors, picked through an election and selection process, will attend board meetings to ensure general supporter sentiment is considered as part of the Club’s decision-making process.
“The Club will now consult with the Fans’ Forum and several non-official supporter groups to discuss the Club’s proposed process for picking the three supporter advisors.
“Criteria for nominations as well as final selection will ensure that the supporter presence is representative of our supporter base generally 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 Fans’ Forum and the other non-official supporters groups in the coming days.
“The successful candidates 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 broad range of matters.
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“The supporter advisors will not have any voting rights and will not participate in any meetings relating to players, staff, the Academy and related matters.
“Supporter advisors will attend approximately four meetings per year, and more if appropriate. If they complete the year successfully they will be entitled to select a UK registered charity to receive a contribution of £2,500 from the Club.”
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