Emenalo: Leaving Chelsea Difficult But Right Decision

Michael Emenalo

Michael Emenalo singled out Andreas Christensen for special praise after his surprise exit from Stamford Bridge.

Former Nigeria defender Michael Emenalo has resigned from his position as technical director at Chelsea.

The former Nigeria worldwide acted as a link between the squad and Chelsea's board, and had an influence on transfers and developing players from the academy.

It is believed that Chelsea's transfer proceedings in the summer window evoked conflict between Conte and Emenalo alongside director Marina Granovskaia.

Emenalo said it had been a hard decision to make, adding: "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".

Emanalo, who has been at Chelsea for ten years, has made a decision to leave as his relationship with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has broken down, with player recruitment seemingly the key issue.

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

It was certainly a development no one could've seen coming at this point in time, especially after witnessing Emenalo enthusiastically cheer Andreas Christensen on at Stamford Bridge last evening, as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0.

"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.

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

Having worked on the coaching staff previously, Emenalo became a technical director in 2011 where his main responsibilities were focused on coordinating Chelsea's youth network in addition to player recruitment.

In the 10 years Emenalo has been involved with the club, Chelsea has won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the EFL Cup, Europa League and Champions League, playing a major part in the assembling of those successful squads.

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