Monaco have this afternoon confirmed that former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has taken over as sporting director of the club.
Emenalo, 52, somewhat surprisingly decided to step down from his position at Stamford Bridge on the 6th of November.
The Nigerian had been with Chelsea for 10 years, working in a number of roles across both the scouting and technical departments.
However, his role at the club came under scrutiny during the summer, as the Blues failed to secure a number of their first-choice transfer targets.
Romelu Lukaku, Alex Sandro, Virgil Van Dijk and more were heavily linked with moves to Stamford Bridge, but transfers, in the end, failed to materialise.
However, it hasn’t taken Emenalo long to land himself another important position, with Ligue 1 champions Monaco confirming this evening that the African has taken charge of ‘all sport matters’ at the Stade Louis.
Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev had the following to say regarding Emenalo’s appointment:
‘His know-how in scouting, as well as the technical skills he developed working in one of the most successful clubs in the world in the past few years, are the main reasons leading us to present him our ambitious challenge.’
Emenalo himself, meanwhile, spoke of taking over the reigns of a ‘wonderful project’ with the club:
‘I believe this is the right choice for me after leaving Chelsea.’
‘It’s a wonderful opportunity for me in such a high-quality project.’