Michael Emenalo quits as Chelsea technical director amid power struggle

• Emenalo’s departure a blow to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
• Difference of opinion over recruitment between Antonio Conte and board

The political manoeuvrings behind the scenes at Chelsea have taken another twist after Michael Emenalo chose to end his 10-year association with the Premier League champions by tendering his resignation as the club’s technical director.

Emenalo, who joined the club as an opposition scout under Avram Grant before progressing up the hierarchy to become a member of the football club board, was one of Roman Abramovich’s most trusted lieutenants at Stamford Bridge, with his decision to quit a blow to the owner. The 52-year-old had attended the midweek defeat by Roma and Sunday’s victory over Manchester United, shaking hands with the players as they departed the turf at the end, but is understood to have made clear his decision to leave on Monday morning. Chelsea’s chairman, Bruce Buck, said Emenalo’s resignation had been accepted “with regret”.

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