Michael Emenalo is considered from precedence as Chelsea’s most successful sporting director, credited for creating an impact that saw the London club win the FA Cup, Europa League Cup, UEFA Champions League title and two Premier League titles after he was promoted to the position of Technical Director after joining Chelsea in 2007 as Chief Scout under Manager, Avram Grant.
The former Nigerian International announced his retirement less than 24 hours after Chelsea beat Manchester United to come up fourth on the English Premier League log.
The 52-year old was speculated to have left Stanford Bridge due to disagreements with Chelsea’s manager, Antonio Conte and for not signing players, fans would have loved to pen down contracts for the club.
On his departure and eventual appointment at Monaco, Emenalo on Monday told TalkSports, “Nothing happened. I had a wonderful 10 years at Chelsea, with positive pressure and a lot of things that happened.
“I just felt that things were in place and things looked very solid and very stable and I needed a new challenge.
“When you’ve been at a place for so long, I haven’t really had a chance to step out and breathe and see what’s out there.
“I have been very focused on everything Chelsea and it just came to a time, right bang on ten years, where I felt it was time for me to go and do something else.”
Michael Emenalo was appointed Sporting Director at Monaco three weeks after announcing his resignation at Chelsea.