Michael Emenalo quits Chelsea

Hope Soto
November 7, 2017

Former Nigerian star Michael Emenalo has resigned from his position as Chelsea technical director, the club has announced.

The Telegraph's Matt Law exclusively reported on Monday that Emenalo has left the club after 10 years. Reportedly, Abramovich was reliant on Emenalo for advice - he was one of the few people that the owner trusted.

The 52-year-old, who played for Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup, joined Chelsea in 2007 under Avram Grant, for whom he played at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

'Sources have suggested that Emenalo does not wish to engage in a three-way power battle with Conte and Granovskaia who are known not to see eye to eye'.

According to ESPN FC's Liam Twomey, it is unknown what impact his departure will have on the way Chelsea make decisions as a club and in the transfer market.

Although Emenalo's relationship with Conte was not hard, this is a club with power struggles going on off the pitch.

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Emanalo, it has been reported, first tried to leave Chelsea in the summer, has commented on his departure, telling the Guardian "This has been a very hard decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club". I wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club's future triumphs from afar'.

"We are sorry to see him go but understand his desire to move on and explore new challenges", Buck said.

Head coach Antonio Conte's expressions of frustration at Chelsea's summer recruitment, plus some indifferent results, had led to speculation over his future b ut Conte and Emenalo had a good working relationship.

Conte is the 10th manager Emenalo has worked with and the former Notts County player has always been viewed as the great survivor of the Abramovich era.

Chelsea said the club will be reviewing its management structure, with the help of Emenalo.

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