Emenalo clarifies Chelsea departure

Former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has dismissed claims that a fall out over transfers led to his exit – insisting he needed ‘a new challenge’.


Emenalo quit his influential role at Stamford Bridge in November after ten years with the Premier League champions, and was recently appointed technical director of French club Monaco.

The Nigerian’s departure was seen as a blow to Chelsea, and particularly to owner Roman Abramovich with Emenalo one of the Russian’s most trusted advisors, and it was suggested his exit was prompted by tension that arose over the club’s summer transfer business.

However, in a rare interview with talkSPORT host Jim White, Emenalo insists that was not the case and that he was merely keen for a fresh challenge after a decade with the Blues.

“The first thing to make clear is that Chelsea Football Club is built on the premise that it can survive without any particular individual or group of individuals,” he said.

“It’s a club that is very solid and stable, so me leaving or anybody leaving will not affect anything that happens at the club, at least so I hope, and I think was a part of the aspect of the policy.

“Nothing happened. I had a wonderful ten years at Chelsea, with positive pressure and 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.”

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