Following the recommendation of a trusted fellow, the Turkish side, Trabzonspor are making a move for former Chelsea technical director, Michael Emenalo.

Following the recommendation of a trusted fellow, the Turkish side, Trabzonspor are making a move for former Chelsea technical director, Michael Emenalo.

Trabzonspor finished last season as runners-up and lifted the Turkish Cup.

The Nigerian transfer expert is currently a free agent after departing AS Monaco last season.

According to Fanatik, Trabzonspor are set to make an approach for Emenalo – on the recommendation of coach Eddie Newton.

Newton worked with Emenalo at Chelsea, indeed it was the latter who helped bring the former midfielder through as a coach inside the club’s academy.

Newton now hopes to work again with Emenalo and has encouraged Trabzonspor to bring him to Istanbul to help build their new-look squad.

Emenalo’s sustained breakthrough was very different while at the Stamford Bridge.

He helped steer Chelsea to great success during incessant turbulence – and the club won the Champions League and three Premier League titles under a trio of managers when Emenalo was at the heart of their operations between 2009 and 2017.


Moving from chief scout, his initial job in 2007, to assistant first-team coach and then technical director in 2011, Emenalo worked with 10 managers in 10 years.

Apart from one searing television interview, when he confirmed the sacking of José Mourinho in 2015, Emenalo avoided the spotlight.

But the “palpable discord” he described between Mourinho and his players provided public evidence of the steely insight that meant he was trusted for so long by Roman Abramovich.

Emenalo cut through the opaque running of Chelsea to produce a long-term vision that still shapes the club.

Managers came and went but Emenalo transformed the academy, revolutionised the loan programme and brought in a stream of great players, epitomised by Kevin De Bruyne, who were not always appreciated by managers.

His intelligence and eloquence are evident again during a riveting interview that stretches across three hours.

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