Emenalo: Leaving Chelsea Difficult But Right Decision

Chelsea's influential technical director Michael Emenalo resigned yesterday, ending a 10-year association with the Blues.

The Telegraph reports the 53-year-old Emenalo has called time on his spell with the club after being appointed into the role in August 2011. Reportedly, Abramovich was reliant on Emenalo for advice - he was one of the few people that the owner trusted.

The former Nigeria worldwide acted as a link between the squad and Chelsea's board, and had an influence on transfers and developing players from the academy.

Emenalo, 52, has been influential in Chelsea's recruitment over the past decade, helping to bring players like Eden Hazard to Stamford Bridge.

"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 even as his resignation has been linked to the frustrating summer transfer window Chelsea suffered, which caused tension between Conte, Emenalo and director Marina Granovskaia.

"He has had a tremendous impact on the club over the past 10 years and this is evident in everything we have achieved", he said.

Emenalo's time at the club was never shy of controversy and reports of palpable discord between various individuals at respective times, but one can not deny that he played a major part in Chelsea FC's unprecedented success in the last 10 years.

"We are sorry to see him go but understand his desire to move on and explore new challenges", Buck said.

The silent way in which Roman Abramovich runs Chelsea makes it practically impossible for anyone other than those who are actually a part of the club's hierarchy to know why Michael Emenalo has quit, and whether or not is a good thing for Abramovich, Antonio Conte, or indeed anyone at all.