Technical director Emenalo leaves Chelsea

Technical director Emenalo leaves Chelsea

Fans are already celebrating following the somewhat sudden news that Michael Emenalo has resigned from his role as Chelsea's technical director, yet the private nature of the club makes it very hard to tell whether or not this is a good thing.

Emenalo, one of owner Roman Abramovich's most trusted advisors, joined Chelsea 10 years ago and was crucial to the club's scouting success during that time.

The former Nigerian worldwide, who joined Chelsea in 2007 and has been technical director since 2011, has already been linked with a position at Monaco.

Emenalo, who has been linked with a return to football with Ligue 1 giants Monaco by the Independent, has come under added pressure of late as the power struggle between Conte and Blues director Marina Granovskaia has developed.

Emenalo, 52, has been influential in Chelsea's recruitment over the past decade, helping to bring players like Eden Hazard to Stamford Bridge.

Emenalo said in a statement: "This has been a very hard decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club". I wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club's future triumphs from afar'.

"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", Conte commented.

There have previously been reports of Emenalo and head coach Antonio Conte having a frosty relationship, but the Italian says he is sad to see him go.

Chelsea's off-field intrigue continued yesterday when Conte dropped central defender David Luiz from the squad to play Manchester United, which lead to Sky Sports' Gary Neville claiming that the Chelsea boss could 'lose his job' over the incident.

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