Former Nigerian star Michael Emenalo quits as Chelsea technical director

Lynette Rowe
November 7, 2017

"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 need an opportunity to get to see my young kids grow and also to step back and reflect on the work that I have done here and the things that we have been able to accomplish together in this great club", he told Chelsea TV.

This past summer, Chelsea lost out on several transfer targets including Romelu Lukaku.

Former Nigeria worldwide footballer, Michael Emenalo has quit as the technical director of English side Chelsea, stepping down from his post after 10 years with the Blues.

The former Nigeria global was appointed technical director in July 2011 and has led Chelsea's scouting and recruitment, including the network of loaned out youngsters.

According to a report on the Telegraph, Emenalo quit after declining not to engage in a three-way power battle with current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Marina Granovskaia who are known not to see eye to eye.

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Emenalo was heavily involved with the club's scouting department, and a largely barren summer saw them miss out on a number of Conte's first-choice signings.

One of owner Roman Abramovich's most trusted lieutenants, he joined the club as a scout before moving up the ranks at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea Chairman, Bruce Buck, also added that Emenalo had handed in his papers earlier this week and was leaving only to undertake a new challenge elsewhere.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the League Cup, Europa League and the Champions League in 2012 as well as achieving huge success in youth football.

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