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Chelsea fans on Twitter have been split over the departure of technical director Michael Emenalo.
The former Nigeria international resigned from the role he landed in 2011, overseeing the club’s recruitment and scouting.
But with a number of failures in the transfer market during his period at Stamford Bridge, some supporters seemed pleased to see the back of him.
Emenalo did nothing of note to me. Decent scouting for De Bruyne, Lukaku, Salah and many top young talents but never given a chance here
— 3-4-3 (@TailoredConte) November 6, 2017
Michael Emenalo the Mikel of execs. Average, scapegoated, underrated, misunderstood and not missed one iota when they left Chelsea.
— JRawlingson (@J_Rawlingson) November 6, 2017
#Emenalo has gone – we can now sign Ronaldo Messi and Neymar rather than Cuadrado Hector and Djilaboji
— Churchy_7 (@churchy_7) November 6, 2017
Emenalo’s departure means Chelsea can go back to the being an European powerhouse IF THEY GET AN EXCELLENT DOF. Recruitment dragged us down
— Kvng Khareta (@Jeremy_Zuyi) November 6, 2017
Emenalo gone!!!!! There is a lord!!! Kudos for players he helped bring in but seemed he had far too much power
— Carl Jackson (@jacko_cfc) November 6, 2017
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, mate 👋
— Rory Jennings (@Chelsearory) November 6, 2017
However, Emenalo also helped bring in the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thibaut Courtois, Andreas Christensen and Willian, as well as Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, who have since thrived elsewhere – and other fans were keen to give him the credit.
Michael Emenalo was responsible for the arrival of talents like Hazard, Azpi, Courtois, KDB & many others. He’ll be missed.
— Kehinde Wiley 🌐 (@ThisIsKennys) November 6, 2017
People love to slag off Emenalo but for every Cuadrado there’s a Christensen and every Djilobodji there’s an Azpilicueta.
— The Sentinel (@BlueYonderCFC) November 6, 2017
When we fail to land a target, Emenalo always got the blame as if he was in charge of negotiations. Smh
— Benjamin Aidoo™ (@Facosh) November 6, 2017
I’m not going to celebrate Emenalo’s resignation. I don’t know if he was truly the problem at Chelsea. It seems to me that he wanted to promote more youth players to the 1st team. Don’t forget we won the Champions League under his watch
— Miguel Rabines (@miguelrabines) November 6, 2017
As a @ChelseaFC fan, Michael Emenalo has played a huge role in Chelsea’s success. He will be missed greatly and I wish him well.
— Dängä (@Davidladu) November 6, 2017