One of the influential figures behind-the-scenes at Stamford Bridge, Michael Emenalo has “decided to stand down from his role” at English champions Chelsea.
The club announced the decision by their Nigerian technical director on Monday and Emenalo explained that his resolution to leave Chelsea after 10 years is “difficult” but the proper decision to take at this time.
“This has been a very difficult decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club.
“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 wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club’s future triumphs from afar,” the former Nigeria international told the club’s website.
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte also took time to review the moments he spent working with Emenalo, leading up to their league title win last season.
The Italian trainer said he feels “very sorry to see Michael leave” the club.
“I am very sorry to see Michael leave Chelsea, and I would like to thank him for all his help and support since I arrived at this club. I have enjoyed working with him very much, we celebrated a Premier League title together in May, and I wish him the very best for the future,” Conte was quoted by the Chelsea website as saying.
Emenalo joined Chelsea in 2007 and worked as head of scouting the opposition before becoming first-team assistant coach to Avram Grant before becoming the club’s technical director four years later.
During his time as technical director, Emenalo worked with the most powerful director at the club in Marina Granovskaia on players’ transfers at Chelsea before he left his role on Monday.
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