Former Nigerian international Michael Emenalo resigned from his role as Chelsea’s technical director on Monday, ending a 10-year association with the club.
Before being promoted to technical director in 2011, he worked in both scouting and coaching departments.
‘A very difficult decision’
One of Roman Abramovich’s most trusted advisors, the 52-year-old Nigerian enjoyed great success with the club, overseeing three Premier League titles, a Champions League trophy, three FA Cups, a League Cup and an Europa League, as well as several FA and UEFA youth championships.
Happy to announce I've signed a new contract at Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/jrPUbhYz6H— Michael Emenalo (@EmenaIo) 31 August 2016
However, it is believed that Chelsea’s transfer proceedings this summer evoked conflict between the Nigerian and Chelsea’s head coach, Antonio Conte.
“This has been a very difficult decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club,” reads a statement by Emenalo on Chelsea’s official website.
“I have had the privilege to work alongside some of the most talented people in the world of sport over the past 10 years, and I will depart incredibly proud of the achievements we have made.
“I wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club’s future triumphs from afar.”
Conte: “I am very sorry to see Michael leave”
Despite rumors of discontent, Chelsea’s head coach Antonio Conte gave Emenalo an amiable goodbye: “I am very sorry to see Michael leave Chelsea, and I would like to thank him for all his help and support since I arrived at this club.
“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.”
A possible stint at Monaco
According to The Mirror, the Nigerian has a potential job waiting for him at Monaco.
However, nothing has been confirmed yet, as Emenalo only stated that for now he wants to spend more time with his family.
Back in 1994, Emenalo earned 14 caps with the Nigerian National Football team.