Former Nigeria international Michael Emenalo has been appointed as the sporting director of French Ligue 1 side, AS Monaco.
The club announced on Monday that Emenalo “will take charge of all sports matters.”
“AS Monaco is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Emenalo as new sporting director. He will take charge of all sport matters, under the authority of Vadim Vasilyev,” AS Monaco stated on their website.
Emenalo said the club’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev “convinced” him to sign up with the French club weeks after leaving his technical director’s role at English champions Chelsea.
The 52-year-old Nigerian already sees the “wonderful opportunity” the club offer him and describes it as “a high quality project.”
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for me in such a high quality project. AS Monaco has shown a great evolution in the past few seasons and I am convinced that the club will keep being successful.
“Vadim Vasilyev convinced me to join AS Monaco and I believe this is the right choice for me after my decision to leave Chelsea. I will work here with humility and try my best to bring my experience in this club which is a reference of French and European football,” said Emenalo after his unveiling.
Vasilyev revealed that he has been tracking the work of the Nigeria “for a long time” and convincing him to join Monaco is a delight.
The Monaco official further reeled out Emenalo’s qualities which he believes will put them in good position to compete.
“I have been following Michael Emenalo’s work for a long time and I am very happy to have him here after he chose to quit Chelsea.
“His know-how in scouting network, as well as the technical skills he developed working in one of the most successful clubs in the world in the past few years, are the main reasons leading us to present him our ambitious challenge. Through this appointment, it is a further sign that we are ambitious and competitive in our model,” Vasilyev said
Emenalo worked for 10 years at Chelsea and rose to the position of technical director before resigning last month.
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