Arnesen sees Chelsea powerbase shrink

Frank Arnesen is set to see his power reduced at Chelsea, despite the departure of rival Peter Kenyon.

The Daily Mail says Arnesen was promoted to the board during the summer and given the title of sporting director in a move that was seen as something that took many of the football responsibilities from Kenyon, who steps down on October 31 to take on a non-executive role at the club.

But Arnesen now finds himself at the centre of the Gael Kakuta controversy that has left Chelsea facing a FIFA transfer ban until January 2011 and the Dane, who actually went on holiday the day before FIFA issued their transfer ban, has not emerged unscathed from the reshuffle.

His future remains in doubt but he will now report directly to Ron Gourlay, 46, who has been promoted from chief operating officer.

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