Chelsea technical director Emenalo quits
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Nov 07, 2017,
Nov 07, 2017, 0:22
Michael Emenalo singled out Andreas Christensen for special praise after his surprise exit from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has "shocked" the club after reportedly resigning from his position at Stamford Bridge.
Emenalo is said to have been a "vital element" at Chelsea under the Russian, having overseen the recruitment of stars such as Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Cesar Azpilicueta as well as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, whose departures "frustrated" the former Nigeria global.
An area that the Blues have unquestionably nailed in certain transfer windows, but definitely failed in during others, Emenalo has been the man to carry the blame for signings such as Papy Djilobodji, yet was also supposedly responsible for some of Chelsea's best recent signings including Eden Hazard.
'He's shown great humility to go on loan and work very hard while he was there and gain the experience which is needed, and the timing is right for him now to step in and show what he's learnt during those periods of development.
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Emenalo, one of owner Roman Abramovich's most trusted advisors, joined Chelsea 10 years ago and was crucial to the club's scouting success during that time.
The paper reports that Emenalo is supposedly keen not to participate in "a three-way power battle" between director Marina Granovskaia and Antonio Conte.
'This has been a very hard decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club.
The move to bring his 10-year association with the club to an end may be viewed in some quarters as a victory for Conte, but Emenalo said he remained supportive of the Italian who he helped to appoint last year.
"He has had a tremendous impact on the club over the past 10 years and this is evident in everything we have achieved", he said.