Chelsea’s multi-club network chief made plans with Crystal Palace investor


Tom Glick, the executive tasked with helping Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly to establish a network of clubs around the world, spent several months working on similar plans with the Crystal Palace investor John Textor, the Guardian can reveal.

Glick, formerly the chief commercial officer for Manchester City’s owner, City Football Group (CFG), has been instructed by Boehly to take charge of Chelsea’s attempts to set up a multi-club network, which could lead to investment in Brazil, Belgium and Portugal, where Textor has held talks with Benfica and Porto over potentially buying large stakes.

It is understood that Textor – who bought 40% of Palace for £90m last year and is expected to add the French side Lyon to his Eagle Football stable that also includes Botafogo in Brazil and the Belgian club RWD Molenbeek in the coming weeks – has been surprised by Chelsea’s attempts to find clubs in the same leagues given his close association with Glick.

Glick was appointed as Chelsea’s president of business in July. Less than two months earlier he was pictured alongside Textor at a meeting in São Paulo that confirmed Botafogo’s entry into the new Brazilian league, Libra. Glick was described then by a Brazilian journalist as “a senior adviser” to Eagle Holdings.

“I brought Tom Glick with me,” Textor said at the time. “The two of us together brought a lot of perspectives on opportunities to grow. Technologies for television, technologies for consumer-oriented applications, digital distribution of content, to make it more profitable and profitable, with international expansion, and we brought examples of how to make money in ways Brazilian clubs have never tried before. We brought lessons from the Premier League.”

Chelsea have been turned down by the Brazilian club Santos, where Pelé spent most of his career, and are understood to have made a late bid to buy Lyon this month despite Textor having agreed a deal in June.

Textor, who made his fortune in digital technology companies before investing in football, is believed to have secured funding from the American investment company Ares Management Corp, which bought a 34% stake in Atlético Madrid last year.

Glick spent four years as chief executive of Derby before joining Manchester City in 2012 as chief commercial and operating officer. He took up a similar role at CFG before becoming the president of Tepper Sports & Entertainment – the parent company of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and the MLS’s Charlotte FC – in 2018.

About the author

Marta Lopez

I am a content writer and I write articles on sports, news, business etc.

By Marta Lopez


Get in touch

Content and images available on this website is supplied by contributors. As such we do not hold or accept liability for the content, views or references used. For any complaints please contact Use of this website signifies your agreement to our terms of use. We do our best to ensure that all information on the Website is accurate. If you find any inaccurate information on the Website please us know by sending an email to and we will correct it, where we agree, as soon as practicable. We do not accept liability for any user-generated or user submitted content – if there are any copyright violations please notify us at – any media used will be removed providing proof of content ownership can be provided. For any DMCA requests under the digital millennium copyright act
Please contact: with the subject DMCA Request.