Michael Emenalo

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Michael Emenalo
Personal information
Full name Michael Emenalo
Date of birth (1965-07-14) 14 July 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth Aba, Abia, Nigeria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
(Sporting Director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985 Enugu Rangers ? (?)
1986–1989 Boston University ? (?)
1989–1993 Molenbeek 47 (5)
1993–1994 Eintracht Trier ? (?)
1994–1995 Notts County 7 (0)
1996–1997 San Jose Clash 56 (1)
1997–1998 Lleida 22 (1)
1998–2000 Maccabi Tel Aviv 43 (0)
Total 175 (7)
National team
?–1994 Nigeria 14 (?)
Teams managed
2010– Chelsea (Technical Director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael Emenalo (born 14 July 1965, in Aba, Abia) is a retired Nigerian footballer, currently technical director at Chelsea F.C..[1][2]


Emenalo begain his career in his native Nigeria before moving to play in the United States for Boston University from 1986 to 1989. From there, he played for Molenbeek in Belgium, Eintracht Trier in Germany and Notts County F.C in England before going back to the US. Emenalo was part of the original allocated players for Major League Soccer and spent two seasons (1996–97) with the San Jose Clash. After that, he played with Lleida in Spain and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

Emenalo won 14 caps for Nigeria and played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, missing the first game through injury but then played against Argentina and Greece before Nigeria were knocked out by Italy.

He joined Chelsea when former manager Avram Grant was in charge in 2007. After the departure of Ray Wilkins, Emenalo was promoted from his position as chief scout to assistant first team coach on 18 November 2010.[3] On 8 July 2011, Chelsea appointed Emenalo Technical Director.[4] His responsibilities include heading the scouting and academy programs.

On 10 June 2013, he formally requested that his contract be terminated to facilitate the return of José Mourinho.[5] His request for termination was denied.[6][7]


  1. ^ "MICHAEL EMENALO – TECHNICAL DIRECTOR". Chelsea F.C. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Wallace, Sam. "Diego Maradona's last Argentina shirt was almost mine, reveals Chelsea technical director". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea appoint Michael Emenalo to replace Ray Wilkins". BBC Sport. 2010-11-18. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Emenalo is new technical director". chelseafc.com. 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  5. ^ Draper, Rob (8 June 2013). "Mourinho's back... but is it really a match made in heaven?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Smith, Rory (30 May 2013). "Exclusive: Michael Emenalo's offer to resign turned down by Chelsea". The Times. Retrieved 28 June 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Mourinho's second coming: Abramovich turns down Emenalo's resignation". Daily Post. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

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