Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo never really has it good at the club, as fans seem to point the first accusing finger at him when things seem to be wrong.
The last time we saw the ‘Emenalo out’ banner was two seasons ago when Jose Mourinho was axed as Chelsea boss, and with Chelsea yet to make a significant signing so far, a lot of fans are worried and are beginning to criticise the man who has been described as the ears of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
Mind you, the transfer window isn’t open yet and officially opens on July 1st. Although this doesn’t stop clubs from signing players. It only means the signed player will have to wait till July 1st before making the switch.
Emenalo, who featured in the 1994 World Cup playing for Nigeria, has spent about a decade at Stamford Bridge. He previously worked as both head of opposition scouting and assistant first team coach under Carlo Ancelotti, arriving at Chelsea when former manager Avram Grant called upon a trusted ex-player from his Maccabi Tel Aviv days.
So what are his roles in Chelsea Football Club? According to the official Chelsea website, he supports the work of the first team manager, leads the club’s international and domestic scouting network and assists in driving the technical programmes of our Academy and international youth network.
So, this signifies that the Nigerian has a huge say in Chelsea’s transfers. Has he done a good job in Chelsea over the years? He probably has, else he would have since been sacked. And the Nigerian has scouted and recommended some talented youngsters during his decade long stay at the club.
How has the club fared so far in the transfer window? There are still two months plus some weeks to go, and the players Chelsea are being linked with are the type of deals that don’t just happen in an instant.
So, the jury shouldn’t be out on the 51-year-old yet.