Michael Emenalo has stepped down as Chelsea’s technical director.
Michael Emenalo one of owner Roman Abramovich’s most trusted advisors, has left Chelsea after 10 years working across the scouting and technical departments amid reports of tensions between head coach Antonio Conte and the club’s hierarchy.
Antonio Conte is the 10th manager Emenalo has worked with and the former Notts County player has been a vital element of the Abramovich era.
Abramovich visited Chelsea’s Cobham training ground last week, when it is likely Emenalo will have discussed the matter with the Russian.
Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with Emenalo in attendance
Eden Hazard is one of Michael Emenalo’s most successful signings, but he has also been responsible for the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku joining Chelsea.
Emenalo was left frustrated that the likes of De Bruyne and Lukaku were not given a greater chance under former manager Jose Mourinho before they both decided to leave Chelsea.
He has also often been blamed for lots of signings that have not worked out