'The team and the club needs its supporters' - Fan Advisory Board

Chelsea fans
Chelsea fans

Chelsea's fan advisory board (FAB) "want to set the record straight" and have responded to the Blues' supporters trust letter which expressed "significant concerns" about the club's future.

In a lengthy letter to co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, Chelsea Supporters Trust outlined how the club is close to "irreversible toxicity" because of "severely limited communication" to the board.

However, in a statement issued on Monday, FABb responded: "Bluntly, we don’t recognise the suggestion that fans are not being involved in the future of the club. This goes directly against our experience.

"The idea that fans are not involved, and not at a decision-making level, could not be further from the truth.

"The club is aware that while the FAB is constructive and understands the realities, we are also challenging. We make our views known forcefully. We achieve real change. We work and will continue to work on the relationship."

Since American investor Boehly's takeover in May 2022, Chelsea have finished 12th and seen four managers in the dugout.

Last summer, Mauricio Pochettino was put in charge but has been unable to significantly improve results. There have been chants of "you don't know what you're doing" aimed at the Argentine from the Stamford Bridge crowd in recent weeks and loud boos directed at players.

FAB called for supporters to get behind the team, arguing that only "other clubs" benefit from fans turning on each other.

"Football is a matter of opinion and expressing emotion is part of that," added FAB. "But we have to get behind our team and make our contribution to victory rather than seek chaos and division through attacks and campaigns.

"Every Chelsea fan (including the ownership group) is frustrated at setbacks or results that don’t go our way. But the team, and the club more broadly, needs its supporters.

"The only people who benefit from Chelsea fans turning on Chelsea are fans of other clubs."