Chelsea’s search for a sporting director has been a bit of a disaster before.
At first they were rejected by the top dogs in the game – Michael Edwards and Luis Campos.
There’s no shame in that- they have their reasons.
But there was then a very public pursuit of Christoph Freund, widely briefed or leaked to the media, to the point that it was assumed to be a done deal.
Instead, it all fell through a week ago, with the RB Salzburg man publicly thanking Chelsea for their interest, but informing them he would be staying put.
Now they seem to have found a new target, with Jacob Steinberg following up his reports from the weekend that Bayer Leverkusen’ Tim Steidten is in the frame.
His focus is on data, which apparently lines up with what Chelsea want. An important factor is also how the new man gets on with Kyle Macaulay, the recruitment analyst brought in along with Graham Potter from Brighton.