Attention turns to Peter Kenyon's next move

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Focus will now be on where Peter Kenyon goes next after it was announced yesterday he will leave his post of chief executive at Chelsea.

Kenyon, who insists he has "at least one major challenge left", will continue at the club on UEFA and the European Clubs' Association committees and will be one of the representatives in the Gael Kakuta case, regardless of whether it is heard after his October 31 departure date.

Chelsea are set to make an announcement this week on how Kenyon's duties will be fulfilled. Frank Arnesen has recently been promoted to sporting director and the Dane is expected to stay in his current role.

He said: "I am extremely proud of my time at Chelsea and of the friendships I have forged with everyone here.

"I intend to take a little time off before considering what I do next but I am certain I have at least one major challenge left in me."

Kenyon, who negotiated a lucrative shirt sponsorship with Samsung and a kit deal with adidas, will consider his options during a break after leaving at the end of next month.

After Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003, former Manchester United chief executive Kenyon arrived in 2004 and was part of a club that won back-to-back Premier League titles.

Since Jose Mourinho's departure as manager, the appointment of Luiz Felipe Scolari was not successful and they failed to sign Robinho from Real Madrid last year. This campaign they have started with a 100% record under Carlo Ancelotti.

This season Chelsea are also appealing a transfer ban for two windows over the arrival of Kakuta from Lens when he was 16. The fact Kenyon will represent the club when the case is heard points towards the saga having nothing to do with his departure.

"I would like to wish Chelsea the best of luck for the rest of the season," Kenyon added.

"I am sure Carlo can lead the team to more great things."

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