The immediate past sports director at AS Monaco of France, Michael Emenalo has thanked the Ligue 1 club for according him the opportunity to work for them and get a feel of action in the French Championnat.
Emenalo, who helped Monaco sign France youth internationals Willem Geubbels and Wilson Isidor, England under-19 whiz-kid Jonathan Panzo, Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, and Germany fullback Benjamin Henrichs, also wished the team a successful 2019/2020 season.
In contrast with initial reports that Emenalo would be around in Monte Carlo to welcome Eagles’ winger, Henry Onyekuru at the French Ligue 1 club this week, Monaco on Monday announced that the former Chelsea of England technical director was leaving.
Emenalo’s departure from the former club of Victor Nosa Ikpeba, Sani Kaita, Haruna Lukman and Elderson Uwa Echiejile marks the climax of a setback that saw him sidelined for several months at ASM, until the club’s top brass officially announced that his time is now over.
It marks the end of Emenalo’s romance with Monaco, which the USA ’94 World Cup star joined two years ago, after choosing to step down from Chelsea, and he was still making the decisions when Thierry Henry took over as head coach last season, but they are now both out of the squad.
Emenalo, who joined Monaco in November 2017 to take up the position of sports director, which entailed the task of recruiting players for the Ligue 1 club, moves on just hours after seeing them lose 3-0 to Lyon in their opening match of the 2019/2020 season on Friday, August 9.
Prior to joining Monaco, Emenalo was technical director at Chelsea, where he went on to work with ten different head coaches, but his tenure in Monte Carlo was largely beclouded by overlapping roles with the technical staff.
Nonetheless, Emenalo is holding no grudges against anyone, but the former Notts County left-back thanked the Principality club for giving him the opportunity to experience French football and wished the team – all the players, crew and supporters – a successful 2019/2020 season.
Emenalo said: “I want to thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to discover the French championship and wish the Club and supporters a great season 2019/2020.”