Emenalo - Time to point the finger at Chelsea's Technical Director
Michael Emenalo is someone who was unheard of, before his appointment as chief scout under Avram Grant at Chelsea. When Ray Wilkins left the club, he was promoted to Assistant First Team coach in November 2010 to work with Carlo Ancelotti. In July 2011, Emenalo was appointed Chelsea’s Technical Director. He has been in that role ever since.
I want to point something out here. Ever since he was promoted to get involved in the first team and first team affairs, Chelsea have been in decline.
We often hear, when a manager is appointed by Roman Abramovich, that they have spoken to Emenalo, who has pointed out what is expected from them. We hear about meetings with Roman AND Emenalo, such as the one last week with Rafa Benitez, who openly spoke about it.
I am sitting here, wondering, why this guy has so much clout at our football club when he achieved nothing as a player. Why does he have such influence with Roman Abramovich?
Emenalo is involved, whether we like it or not, with the decision to sack Ancelotti, to appoint and then sack AVB, to appoint and sack Di Matteo, and now to appoint Benitez.
On the Chelsea website it states the following:
Michael Emenalo previously worked in both the scouting and coaching departments before being promoted to his current role in July 2011. He has been an important part of the first team management structure since his arrival in October 2007, and now supports the work of the first team manager, leading the club’s international and domestic scouting network, and assists in driving the technical programmes of our Academy and international youth network.
After reading that, you have to wonder – why on earth is he involved with the big decisions at this club if he is in charge of scouting and the technical programme of the Academy? Surely, we need someone with established football credentials advising Roman Abramovich, and not Emenalo.
It states that he is an important part of the first team management structure, and again I point to the fact that ever since he has been involved, we haven’t won the Premier League, and only won what we did last season, because of the management style and tactical acumen of Roberto Di Matteo.
Why can’t someone like Guus Hiddink, or someone with a successful managerial career wanting to take a step back come into the role, and let Emenalo do what he was brought into the club to do from the beginning (and that’s scouting)?
We need a football man with the right credentials to be as heavily involved with the first team management structure and NOT Michael Emenalo!
Roman, if you have been looking for answers, look at the bloke working alongside you, and you will realise, he isn’t and has not, been the answer!
Carefree & KTBFFH!