FOOTBALL LEADERS GATHER AT THE BRIDGE
Over the course of the next two days (Wednesday and Thursday), Stamford Bridge plays host to the Leaders in Football Conference for the sixth year in succession.
Formed in 2007, the event was introduced with the aim of providing a networking environment in order to bring together football's most important leaders to share knowledge, best practice and ideas.
With a host of influential figures from across the global game descending on Stamford Bridge for the annual event, key topics being discussed include understanding how the business of football is changing and how government support can lead the national game.
Club chairman Bruce Buck will take to the stage tomorrow afternoon alongside his counterparts at Southampton and Fluminense, Nicola Cortese and Peter Siemsen, as the trio discuss the challenges of running high-profile clubs and balancing business with football expectations.
There is a strong Chelsea connection at this year's event as Carlo Ancelotti, who led us to Premier League and FA Cup success in 2009/10, will provide an insight into coaching and leading from the top, while former Blues player and coach Steve Clarke, now in charge at West Bromwich Albion, talks about how it feels to be at the sharp end of the modern game.
The event was opened earlier today by FA chairman Greg Dyke, and will also include talks from the likes of La Liga president Javier Trebas, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli and Edwin Van Der Sar.