Chelsea rocked by the departure of technical director Michael Emenalo

Michael Emenalo

Michael Emenalo has resigned as Chelsea technical director after 10 years at the club amid speculations of a power tussle with manager Antonio Conte.

"This has been a very hard decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club", Emenalo said.

Chelsea's off-field intrigue continued yesterday when Conte dropped central defender David Luiz from the squad to play Manchester United, which lead to Sky Sports' Gary Neville claiming that the Chelsea boss could 'lose his job' over the incident.

With his help, Chelsea have won the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League while Emenalo has been at the club.

Their next game following the global break is an away trip to West Brom.


"Michael arrived at Chelsea in 2007 and in 10 years at Stamford Bridge has contributed to a period of unprecedented success for the first team and academy".

Club chairman Bruce Buck remarked: "It is with regret that the owner and board of directors accepted Michael's resignation this week".

The former Nigeria global first joined "The Blues" as opposition scout under manager Avram Grant and rose to become technical director. "We are sorry to see him go but understand his desire to move on and explore new challenges".

Emenalo was reportedly the man who earmarked Conte - who has been "rocked" by Emenalo quitting the club - as the manager to replace the sacked Jose Mourinho 18 months ago, and he had been in charge of the vast majority of Chelsea's transfer dealings over the past six years.

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