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Chelsea confirm departure of Director of Communications Steve Atkins

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More changes are afoot at Chelsea Football Club, and this one has some outside vision too, with a familiar face about to leave. Director of Communications (Press Officer for You and Me) Steve Atkins is leaving the club and joining McLaren Racing in a similar role. (He is due to start there on December 1, and will continue to support a move to his successor at Chelsea until then.)

If you’ve watched a Chelsea press conference in the past decade, you’ve likely seen Atkins on the edge of the tire, casting his watchful eye over the proceedings. Sometimes, he also had to step in to make official communications or statements, usually about sticky, awkward, controversial, or reprehensible situations. This is just scratching the surface of his responsibilities.

In the official announcement of his departure, his impact on the club is summarized as follows:

“In his time at Chelsea, Steve helped develop the club’s communications into a skilled, reliable and world-leading operation, working with confidence and speed under some of the most scrutinized media in global sport, while promoting a culture of greater collaboration and engagement across all divisions within the company.” .

Regarding the sentences in the official statements, this is as good as it is good. Coming out on top, that’s Steve!

Atkins has been with Chelsea for 14 years, and has been head of public affairs since 2010. There is no official word on who might replace him, whether we’ll be promoting internally or hiring someone from City Football Group or Red Bull, which appears to be Plan A and B. and C and Z when it comes to such things (example: Toby Craig).

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