Todd Kline has officially resigned from his role as Chief Commercial Officer at Tottenham Hotspur.
This departure follows a series of changes within the club’s administrative structure since the summer, including the appointment of Scott Munn as Chief Football Officer and Johan Lange as Sporting Director.
Todd Kline, who took on the role in 2021 to secure naming rights for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, resigned earlier today.
Despite the initial hopes, the American executive failed to secure a deal for the stadium. After tendering his resignation, he is now on the verge of joining Chelsea, as reported by well-known transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
According to Romano, the agreement between Kline and Chelsea is in its final stages, as indicated in a tweet.
🚨🔵 Understand Todd Kline is set to join Chelsea in the next months after leaving Tottenham role as commercial chief officer.
He’s been placed on gardening leave as reported by @Matt_Law_DT — told he will join Chelsea right after.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 5, 2024
Furthermore, Matt Law from the Daily Telegraph reports that Todd Kline has been placed on gardening leave.
This practice involves an employee staying away from the workplace throughout their notice period. Instead of working at the office, the departing employee is typically instructed to remain at home or refrain from participating in any work for the company.
Tottenham Hotspur had entrusted Kline with the task of securing a £25 million per year stadium deal.
Unfortunately, despite his earlier success in securing an 18-year naming rights deal for the Dolphins NFL stadium in Miami in 2016, Kline couldn’t replicate this achievement in North London, leaving the stadium without a sponsor to date.
Kline is expected to join Chelsea’s American leadership team, working alongside Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali. Although specific details about his role have not been disclosed, it is anticipated to be a significant position within the club based in West London.