Emenalo

Chelsea technical director Emenalo leaves club

Technical director Michael Emenalo has left Chelsea after 10 years at the club.

Emenalo worked with 10 different managers during his time at Stamford Bridge and was seen as owner Roman Abramovich’s advisor and right-hand man.

However, a frustrating summer in which Antonio Conte felt he wasn’t given the players he needed to move the team forward saw tensions grow between the manager, Emenalo and director Marina Granovskaia and the Nigerian has subsequently ended his association with the club.

Avram Grant was Chelsea boss when Emenalo first joined the Blues as a scout in 2007 and the former Nigeria international was promoted to first team coach during Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure.

He was hugely influential in the signings of the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, the FA Cup and the League Cup during his spell in West London.

An official announcement has not yet been made but the club are expected to appoint a successor before the transfer window re-opens in January.

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