Chelsea have suffered a blow in their search for a permanent sporting director. This is after Michael Edwards, the Blues’ leading target for the position turned down the chance to immediately take charge of things at the Bridge.

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has been the acting Sporting Director and has overseen a number of transfers already this season. With the transfer window coming to a close on September 1, Edwards was expected to join Chelsea but as things stand, Boehly and co. will have to look elsewhere.

The Athletic reports that Edwards, having decided to leave his post with Liverpool after more than a decade, informed Chelsea in recent weeks of his intention to take some time out away from football.

Edwards joined Liverpool in November 2011 following two years at Tottenham and was previously employed by EFL club Portsmouth.

With many clubs not willing to let go of their sporting directors this month, Chelsea fans will have to wait a little bit longer before the club makes a permanent appointment for the role.