CHELSEA STRONG MAN AND DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL EMENALO QUITS JOB
Despite sunday’s success on the pitch, all still appears rocky at the home of the blues. And it seems ANTONIO CONTE’S future has been rocked by the exit of Chelsea chief Michael Emenalo. Described in many quarters as Roman Abramovich’s right-hand man, he was known to be a major ally of under-fire Conte.
Reports suggest Emenalo was at loggerheads with chief executive Marina Granovskaia over the manager’s Stamford Bridge tenure.
And Conte admitted he was “very sorry” to see him go.
Chelsea announced technical director Emenalo’s shock resignation and the undertones are rumbling.
But senior club sources were not shocked by his exit amid growing boardroom tension over their transfer policy and Conte’s style of management.
Emenalo identified the Italian to take up the post 18 months ago after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
He has also overseen the majority of the club’s sales and recruitment over the past six years.
Emenalo said: “This has been a very difficult decision to make but one I believe is right for both me and family, and the club.
“I had the privilege to work with some of the most talented people in the world of sport.
“And I’ll depart incredibly proud of the achievements we made.”
The drama appears to be brewing at Chelsea. Many say the ongoing rift between Conte and defender David Luiz will end up in Contes Sack .. we will keep monitoring