Ligue 1 club AS Monaco have appointed former Chelsea technical director, chief scout and assistant manager Michael Emenalo as their new sporting director.
Michael Emenalo resigned on Nov. 6 after 10 years at the club amid reports of tensions between head coach Antonio Conte and the club’s hierarchy.
Speaking to Monaco’s club website about his new role, Emenalo said: “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.
“[AS Monaco Vice President] Vadim Vasilyev convinced me to join and I believe this is the right choice for me after my decision to leave Chelsea.”
Vasilyev told the club’s website: “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 networks, 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.”
Chelsea are considering whether to appoint a direct replacement for Emenalo or split his responsibilities – from recruitment to the academy and loan players – across a number of roles at Cobham. The influential director Marina Granovskaia, who previously concentrated largely on player purchases and sales, has taken on much of Emenalo’s workload, with her influence at the club having effectively increased as a result of his departure.