Michael Emenalo quits Chelsea, may head to Monaco

  • Michael Emenalo quits Chelsea, may head to Monaco

Michael Emenalo quits Chelsea, may head to Monaco

Emenalo left his role as Chelsea's technical director after the Blues' 1-0 Premier League victory over Manchester United, having been at the club for a decade.

It is being reported that Emenalo, who was in the Nigerian team to the US 1994 World Cup already has an offer at French club, Monaco.

According to a report on the UK Telegraph, Emenalo chose to leave after declining not to engage in a three-way power battle with current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Marina Granovskaia who are known not to see eye to eye.

He presided over the signings of key players such as Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thibaut Courtois and N'Golo Kante, as well as a Chelsea academy that has emerged as a dominant force in English and European youth football.

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck added: "It is with regret that the owner and board of directors accepted Michael's resignation this week".

'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'.

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

"He has had a tremendous impact on the club over the past 10 years and this is evident in everything we have achieved", he said.

Head coach Antonio Conte's expressions of frustration at Chelsea's summer recruitment, plus some indifferent results, had led to speculation over his future but Conte and Emenalo had a good working relationship and the Italian said he was sorry to see him leave the club.

The former Nigerian footballer has done well to recruit some big names since joining in 2007, helping Chelsea to eight trophies.