Emenalo get on as technical director of Chelsea after internal struggle with Conte

The Nigerian ex-defender, between 1989 and 1993, started to work for RWDM, stops it after ten years as technical director at Chelsea.

Michael Emenalo, here on an archive view as an assistant coach, was already ten years as technical director at Chelsea © REUTERS

Hugo Broos was his coach at RWDM, but an indelible impression had the veertienvoudige international – who participated in the world cup of 1994 in the USA – not behind in Molenbeek. Because Michael Emenalo (now 52), who joined the American university of Boston, ended up after a volatile first half will end at the bank with the second club from Brussels.

More success Emenalo, who are profloopbaan in 2003, abandoned in the void Stockport County FC, in London. There he ended up in October 2007 at Chelsea, in the wake of the Israeli ex-manager Avram Grant. Initially in the role of scout the opponents, but in november 2010 was followed by a promotion to assistant of the Italian head coach Carlo Such as after the departure of Ray Wilkins. In July 2011, owner Roman Abramovitsj him on the chair of the technical director. Under his policy, the Red Devils Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Michy Batshuayi recruited.

Emenalo was as a board member, one of the most loyal luitenanten of the wealthy Russian, but since last summer had been technical director to convince them to stay. Chairman Bruce Buck accepted now of his departure ‘with regret’, referring to its large impact on the transferbeleid and the successes of the past few years.

Favorite target

But Emenalo is actually the victim of the internal struggle at Stamford Bridge, with manager Antonio Conte. The Italian ex-international has expressed over the past weeks and months of constant criticism on the purchase policy. Director Marina Granovskaia and Emenalo formed his favorite targets. The left would, according to the success coach to small, after the departure of, among others, Kurt Zouma, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham and Nathaniel Chalobah.

After the championship gave The Blues their selection, however, with Alvaro Morata, Tiemoué Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, Antonio Rüdiger, Davide Zappacosta and Willy Caballero. Only the holders Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) and by Conte uitgespuwde Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid) left from London.

Emenalo, since last summer are also in possession of UEFA Pro Licencediploma, is blamed that he failed to Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Manchester United), Alex Sandro (who Juventus remained), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal to Liverpool) and Ross Barkley (from Everton) to convince for a transition.


“I’m incredibly proud of what I achieved”, said the old prof in the English press, referring to his three titles, the FA Cup, the Ligabeker, the Champions League and the Europa League. It passed in total in ten years ‘ time as many managers in the programme. Although he as a technical director right away can get started with AS Monaco, want to Emenalo take time to reflect on his immediate future with his wife and three children (eleven, nine and seven).

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