Michael Emenalo joins Monaco as sporting director

Michael Emenalo joins Monaco as sporting director

Former Nigeria worldwide, Michael Emenalo has been named as sporting director of French club Monaco, three weeks after he resigned from his position at Chelsea. The former Nigerian global told Chelsea TV that he wanted to see his "young kids grow", which convinced him to leave the west London club.

The 52-year-old resigned from his position as technical director at Stamford Bridge earlier this month after ten years at the club.

Emenalo will now report to Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev in his new role of sporting director at the club.

The former global player from Nigeria, 52 years old, has previously managed this position in Chelsea, where he was a key member.

During his time at Chelsea, the club has been awarded for three Premier League titles, the EFL Cup, Europa League and Champions League helping to shape those successful squads.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for me in such a high quality project", added Emenalo.

The club also signed key players such as Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and N'Golo Kante.

"Monaco has over several seasons made remarkable progress", he said.

"Vadim Vasilyev convinced me to join AS Monaco and I believe this is the right choice for me after my decision to leave Chelsea".

He also helped make the Chelsea Academy one of the most competitive in Europe, winning the UEFA Youth League in 2015 and 2016.

The club announced this on Monday on their website, saying the former Nigerian worldwide would take charge of all sports matters under the authority of Vadim Vasilyev, the club's Vice President.

"AS Monaco is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Emenalo as new sporting director", Monaco said in a statement. I was closely involved in bringing him in.

"His know-how in detection and recruitment, as well as the technical experience acquired at one of the most successful clubs in recent years, are the reasons that led us to present this ambitious challenge".



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