Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has stepped down from his role after 10 years with the club.

The 52-year-old, who played for Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup, joined Chelsea in 2007 under Avram Grant, for whom he played at Maccabi Tel Aviv, in 10 years at Stamford Bridge, He has contributed to a period of remarkable success for the first team and Academy.

He worked in both scouting and coaching departments at Chelsea before being promoted to technical director in 2011 by 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.’

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