Former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo recently stepped down from his role at Stamford Bridge after serving the club for 10 years. And now French side AS Monaco have wasted no time in appointing the Nigerian as their club’s sports director.

Emenalo joined the Blues back in 2007 during the Avram Grant regime and in 2011 he was eventually promoted to the technical director’s role at the club. But to many people’s surprise he stepped down from his position earlier this month and this has left a gaping hole at Chelsea’s backroom management – more so because Emenalo was also responsible for scouting duties.

Now the 52-year-old has moved to France and will be the new sporting director at Monaco and while speaking to the club’s official website he said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for me in a high-quality project,”

“AS Monaco has shown great progress for several seasons and I am convinced that the future will be just as ambitious.

“[Executive vice-president] Vadim Vasilyev’s willingness to see me join AS Monaco was decisive and, for me, the choice was natural after my decision to leave Chelsea.”

Chelsea’s loss, Monaco’s gain.

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