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Blues chief exec Kenyon to leave role next month

CHELSEA chief executive Peter Kenyon will leave his full-time role at the end of October, after six years at the forefront of the most successful spell in the club&rsquo;s history.<br /><br />The Blues said yesterday that Kenyon, 55, would retain a role as non-executive director and continue to represent the Premier League leaders on European committees. <br /><br />But the announcement will increase speculation that Kenyon, who was recruited from Manchester United in 2003, is on the way out of Stamford Bridge &ndash; an impression his comments did little to contradict.<br /><br />&ldquo;I have been in football for 15 years and I can say with great certainty and pleasure the experience at Chelsea is one of the best I have had,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I intend to take a little time off before considering what I do next but I am certain I have at least one major challenge left in me.&rdquo;<br /><br />Rumours of Kenyon&rsquo;s exit have grown since the summer, when he was linked with a role at Manchester City, and Chelsea handed greater power to sporting director Frank Arnesen.<br /><br />Since being hired by Roman Abramovich after the Russian&rsquo;s takeover, Kenyon helped establish the club as one of Europe&rsquo;s super-powers, winning two league titles and reaching five Champions League semi-finals, as well as negotiating lucrative commercial contracts with Adidas and Samsung.<br /><br />However his profile had become lower in recent months, amid rumours that his influence was on the wane following the ill-fated appointment of Luiz Felipe Scolari as manager and the failure to sign Robinho, who instead joined City.