Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo announces his exit

  • Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo announces his exit

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo announces his exit

The 52-year-old, who played for Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup, joined Chelsea in 2007 under Avram Grant, for whom he played at Maccabi Tel Aviv. "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". However, the Italian's second campaign has proved less successful so far.

After the match Conte insisted leaving out Luiz was a "tactical decision", but numerous reports have suggested the Brazilian's omission followed a clash with his head coach during the inquest into Chelsea's humiliating 3-0 away defeat against Roma in the Champions League.

It is how the management structure at Chelsea adapts in response to Emenalo's exit that will be most telling of both the reason why he left and who it benefits though, while the next couple of transfer windows should also make for interesting viewing.

The manager was defiant at full-time, saying the Brazilian could face a lengthy spell out unless he learns to get on with his team-mates.

This past summer, Chelsea lost out on several transfer targets including Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea have since confirmed Emenalo's exit officially, with a statement that includes quotes thanking the technical director for his work from Conte, Granovskaia, and chairman Bruce Buck.

Emenalo has been a key cog in the Chelsea machine under Roman Abramovich but has seen his role increasingly under pressure in an internal power struggle between Marina Granovskaia, a key Abramovich confidante, and manager Antonio Conte. He has been largely responsible for player recruitment and Chelsea's vast youth network.

Chelsea have been criticised in the past for their policy of signing up young and promising players before sending them out of loan for extended periods.