Former Nigeria worldwide Emenalo resigns as Director at Chelsea

Michael Emenalo has quit his role as Premier League champions Chelsea's technical director

The former Notts County defender joined Chelsea in... He has already been linked with a position at Monaco.

Emanalo, it has been reported, first tried to leave Chelsea in the summer, has commented on his departure, telling the Guardian "This has been a very hard decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club".

"Chelsea Football Club today announces that technical director Michael Emenalo has made a decision to stand down from his role", the club said in a statement.

Since 2015 especially, Emenalo has been decided upon by fans as the man responsible for ruining Chelsea's performance in the transfer market. He has played an important role during the most successful period in the club's history, helping make Chelsea the club it is today. I wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club's future triumphs from afar'. We are sorry to see him go but understand his desire to move on and explore new challenges'.

Emenalo arrived at the club in 2007, appointed to the scouting staff by then first-team manager Avram Grant.

This past summer, Chelsea lost out on several transfer targets including Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea will review its management structure in the wake of Emenalo's departure but revealed he will be involved in that process.

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.

The Italian's own future is said to be in some doubt but Emenalo has beaten him out of the door.

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