Reports from Italy are suggesting that Antonio Conte has pulled out of a deal to join Chelsea as manager in the summer and Roman Abramovich is going to make an appointment from his trusted inner circle.
This means that much-loved fan favourite and technical director Michael Emenalo is poised to be handed the reigns at the club. Abramovich impressed with his work in recruiting Chelsea legends Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector thinks that he is the man to lead Chelsea back to the club’s glory days.
His appointment is likely to be popular with Chelsea fans who see him as an antidote to managerial appointments such as Jose Mourinho who had too much experience to effectively run a top level football club. Emenalo was brought to Chelsea by managerial hero to fans Avram Grant in 2007, a manager who Emenalo had played under during his illustrious playing career.
Emenalo is described on the Chelsea FC website as
an important part of the first team management structure since his arrival in October 2007, and now supports the work of the first team manager, leading the club’s international and domestic scouting network, and assists in driving the technical programmes of our Academy and international youth network.
He will now be given more responsibility and a free reign to sign the players that he things will make Chelsea great again. However it is unclear as to whether he intends to stop Mexican striker Javier Hernandez from scoring, by building a wall that Juan Carlos Osorio will pay for.
It is rumoured he will be given a ten-year contract with a clause that guarantees he is always paid £1 more per week than the top earning player in the squad to ensure he can rule the squad with an iron fist.
Chelsea are expected to use his appointment as a springboard for a summer clearout with Willian likely to be the first player he looks to offload to make way for Stewart Downing as the club looks to rebuild an English core.
He starts work before midday on 1st of April 2016.