#NoToRicketts trends in blow for Chelsea ownership hopefuls who will meet fans if they get preferred bidder status

The Ricketts family’s bid to buy Chelsea suffered a significant blow after supporters turned on them just as three or four preferred bidders are set to be decided upon by Raine Group.

The US consortium led by Tom Ricketts, the chairman of Major League Baseball (MLB) team Chicago Cubs, with the backing of Citadel founder Ken Griffin who is reportedly worth $ 26.5 billion, has some of the highest financial support of any option for the Blues.

However, alleged Islamophobic emails from his father Joe which were released in 2019 have served to stall momentum around the bid, along with the recent underperformance of his MLB team.

What can Ricketts do?

New York investment bank Raine Group are imminently set to decide preferred bidders alongside Chelsea’s senior staff, including Marina Granovskaia, Bruce Buck and Eugene Tenenbaum.

Should Ricketts’ group get through, they have plans to meet with Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST) and Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO), who are the most influential fan groups.

With the UK Government also involved in the process, Ricketts has already had a call with Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands.