Bruce Buck is a very busy and important man these days, combining a number of high-profile roles: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom European head, Chelsea Village chairman and Roman Abramovich’s right hand man. But perhaps his latest responsibility, as Ken Bates’ substitute penning the editorial in Chelsea FC’s programme notes, could be his toughest to date. Bates, the London club’s former chairman, was famous for his provocative missives that appeared at the front of each Chelsea programme.
Buck has already penned his first editorial for the recent Champions League match against Stuttgart. In it, he gives us a real insight into the business of foot-ball and his own crucial role with Chelsea.
The club has just signed, from under the noses of Manchester United, the young PSV Eindhoven sensation Arjen Robben. Buck details how the negotiations took place in strictest secrecy at the highest level, with Abramovich, chief executive Peter Kenyon and manager Claudio Ranieri all meeting the player. But what of our man in the Village?
“I had the honour and the pleasure,” he writes, “to spend some time with Arjen’s parents, and they are very, very nice people.” Ah, bless – the heady heights of parent sitting.
Unfortunately, Buck says he is not going to be a regular contributor. What? Surely there’s room for a treatise on Skadden’s latest M&A triumphs?