Chelsea bids director goodbye after a decade of service

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has resigned after ten long years of working for the Blues. Emenalo arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2007, assigned to the scouting team by then first-team manager Avram Grant.

He was for a short time assistant first-team coach to Carlo Ancelotti, succeeding Ray Wilkins, a move which was heavily criticized due to his lack of coaching experience, although he has since been issued his UEFA Pro Licence.

The former Nigeria international assumed the office of technical director in July 2011 and has been at the helm of Chelsea’s scouting and recruitment, including the network of loaned out youngsters.

His additional role as a key adviser and confidante of Chelsea owner Roman Abrahimovic sometimes cause anxiety among the Blues  fans, particularly when Jose Mourinho was axed in December 2015 – Emenalo blaming “palpable discord between the players and the manager.”

But during his reign at Stamford Bridge, the club witnessed the arrival of top talents like Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian from European clubs – although the club was also backlashed for expensive flops and a lack of activity in recent transfer windows.

Emenalo said: “This has been a very difficult decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club.

“I have had the privilege to work alongside some of the most talented people in the world of sport over the past 10 years, and I will depart incredibly proud of the achievements we have made.

“I wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club’s future triumphs from afar.”

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck added: “Michael has had a tremendous impact on the club over the past 10 years and this is evident in everything we have achieved.

 

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