CHELSEA are bracing themselves for a legal fight with stalwart Gary Staker after relieving him of his player-liaison officer responsibilities.
The popular employee – who is half Italian – has been a familiar face since he became translator for Gianluca Vialli after the Italian striker was appointed player-manager in 1998.
Now The Times claim he is consulting lawyers after being told last week his services as player-liaison officer are no longer needed.
Chelsea chiefs informed him they want to move him away from the first team picture and have offered him a role looking after the club’s ambassadors.
But Staker – who began his Chelsea career as a steward – is understood to be unhappy with the switch and is considering leaving the club altogether.
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