Chelsea Football Club today announced that technical director Michael Emenalo has decided to step down from his role.
Michael arrived at Chelsea in 2007, and in 10 years at Stamford Bridge has contributed to a period of remarkable success for the first team and Academy. Since 2011, he has been the club’s technical director, supporting the work of the first team management, leading the club’s international and domestic scouting network and assisting in driving the technical programmes of our Academy and international youth network.
According to a statement on the club’s official website, ‘during Michael’s time with Chelsea, we have lifted three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the League Cup, Europa League and of course, the Champions League in 2012, becoming the first London club to do so. Additionally, we have been crowned FA Youth Cup champions six times in eight years and lifted the UEFA Youth League twice, supplying key squad members for England’s Under-20 and Under-17 World Cup successes this year’.
Announcing his decision, Emenalo said: ‘This has been a very difficult decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club. 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.’
Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck added: ‘It is with regret that the owner and board of directors accepted Michael’s resignation this week. He has had a tremendous impact on the club over the past 10 years and this is evident in everything we have achieved. We are sorry to see him go but understand his desire to move on and explore new challenges.’