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MICHAEL EMENALO

Michael Emenalo (born 14 July 1965) at Enyimba city Aba Abia state is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a left-back. He is the former Director of Football of Chelsea F.C and AS Monaco FC.

Emenalo began his career at Enugu Rangers before moving to the United States, where he attended college at and played for Boston University, from 1986 to 1989. He played for Molenbeek in Belgium, Eintracht Trier in Germany, and Notts County F.C in England before going back to the US. He played with UE Lleida in Spain and Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. in Israel.

Emenalo won 14 caps for Nigeria and played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, missing the first game through injury but then, played against Argentina and Greece before Nigeria was knocked out by Italy.

Emenalo became director of player development at the Tucson Soccer Academy in the US in 2006, before joining the coaching staff at Chelsea when former manager Avram Grant was in charge in 2007. After the departure of Ray Wilkins, Emenalo was promoted from his position as chief scout to assistant first team coach on 18 November 2010. On 8 July 2011, Chelsea appointed Emenalo as Technical Director of the club. He completely restructured the club’s academy, scouting, loan and women’s team setups, and is credited as a key figure behind the club’s success having overseen the scouting and transfers of key players including Juan Mata, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, N’Golo Kanté, Eden Hazard, and Cesc Fàbregas.

On 10 June 2013, Emenalo requested that his contract be terminated “to facilitate the return of José Mourinho”, but his request was denied.

On 6 November 2017, he resigned as technical director of the club and at the end of that month joined Monaco as its sporting director, On 12 August 2019, Emenalo left Monaco by mutual consent.

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