Michael Emenalo has stepped down as Chelsea’s technical director, bringing to an end his 10-year association with the club.
Chelsea have won the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Emenalo first joined Chelsea with Avram Grant in 2007 and worked as an opposition scout and assistant first-team coach under Carlo Ancelotti, replacing Ray Wilkins.
He was promoted to technical director in 2011 and has been largely responsible for player recruitment and Chelsea’s vast youth network.
Eden Hazard is one of his most successful signings, but Emenalo has also been responsible for the arrival of Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku joining Chelsea.
It is unclear what Emenalo plans to do next or whether Chelsea will immediately attempt to replace him with a new technical director before the January transfer window.