Michael Emenalo

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Michael Emenalo
Personal information
Full name Michael Emenalo
Date of birth (1965-07-14) 14 July 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Aba, Abia, Nigeria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985 Enugu Rangers
1986–1989 Boston University
1989–1993 Racing White Daring 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
1985–1995 Nigeria 14 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Chelsea (assistant)
2011–2017 Chelsea (Technical Director)
2017–2019 AS Monaco (Technical Director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Michael Emenalo (born 14 July 1965) is a Nigerian former football player and coach.


Emenalo began 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.[1] On 8 July 2011, Chelsea appointed Emenalo as Technical Director of the club.[2][3]

On 10 June 2013, he formally requested that his contract be terminated to facilitate the return of José Mourinho.[4] His request for termination was denied.[5][6]

On 6 November 2017, he resigned as technical director of the club.[7][8]

On 27 November 2017, Emenalo joined Monaco as its sporting director.[9][10]

On 12 August 2019, Emenalo left Monaco by mutual consent.[11]


  1. ^ "Chelsea appoint Michael Emenalo to replace Ray Wilkins". BBC Sport. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Emenalo is new technical director". chelseafc.com. 8 July 2011. Archived from the original on 27 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Chelsea to name Michael Emenalo as sporting director". BBC Sport. 6 July 2011.
  4. ^ Draper, Rob (8 June 2013). "Mourinho's back... but is it really a match made in heaven?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  5. ^ Smith, Rory (30 May 2013). "Exclusive: Michael Emenalo's offer to resign turned down by Chelsea". The Times. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Mourinho's second coming: Abramovich turns down Emenalo's resignation". Daily Post. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  7. ^ Law, Matt (6 November 2017). "Exclusive: Michael Emenalo quits Chelsea in major blow to Roman Abramovich". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Michael Emenalo: Chelsea technical director leaves post after 10 years". BBC Sport. 6 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Michael Emenalo takes Monaco sporting director job weeks after Chelsea exit". The Guardian. 27 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Michael Emenalo: Former Chelsea technical director takes up similar role at Monaco". BBC Sport. 27 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Michael Emenalo: Nigerian leaves French side Monaco by mutual consent". BBC Sport. 12 August 2019.

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