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Can Jose Mourinho Work Under Chelsea Technical Director Michael Emenalo?

jose mourinho1 Can Jose Mourinho Work Under Chelsea Technical Director Michael Emenalo?

Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea should be a triumphant one. Inheriting a team that, player for player, is far superior to any other in the Premier League, and with some awe-inspiring young talent, “The Special One” seems destined for great things again.

Frank Arnesen, who clashed with Mourinho in the summer of 2007 and hastened the manager’s departure in his first Chelsea stint, has long left the club and was recently dismissed by Hamburg. But Mourinho will find a new force to be reckoned with at Chelsea in the form of Technical Director Michael Emenalo.

Emenalo is best described by one Chelsea insider as an “operator” who has worked well as proxy for owner Roman Abramovich, playing a pivotal role in the sacking of Ray Wilkins, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo.  The Times reported last week that Emenalo offered his resignation in advance of Mourinho’s appointment but it was rejected.

Despite the heavy criticism, Emenalo – the one-time Nigerian World Cup defender, American college soccer player and MLS standout – has been successful in refreshing the club. The signings under Emenalo’s watch as Technical Director have, by and large, been outstanding and the Chelsea Academy is producing more high-end players than arguably it has since the 1960s.

Mourinho likes to have the final say on transfers and squad matters, however he has shown on the continent he can work with figures close to ownership who ultimately determine whether transfers go through or not.

Ultimately, Mourinho must be comfortable with the role and influence Emenalo has in order to return to Stamford Bridge but the relationship between the two will be worth keeping an eye on.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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5 Responses to Can Jose Mourinho Work Under Chelsea Technical Director Michael Emenalo?

  1. Tony Butterworth says:

    My guess is he won’t have to, for long anyway.

  2. Gillyrosh says:

    Ask Jorge Valdano.

  3. Mufc77 says:

    Sorry I couldn’t stop laughing when you said “Player for player chelsea is far superior to any other team in the league”.

  4. Andre says:

    If they don’t get along I am pretty sure Mou has the upper hand here. He has signed for 40 million pounds and while I have no idea how much Emenalo makes, I bet it is less than that. As a newcomer Mourinho outfoxed Jorge Valdano, a living icon at Real Madrid. It is his legendary status at Chelsea that brought him back to the club, I am sure that will be enough for him to get his way.

  5. mac says:

    I think Morinho will have no option that to work under Mike Emenalo, What happened to him in Madrid should teach him a very big lesson if he actually wants to succeed for the second time in England .

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