By John Essien
Former Chelsea Technical Director, Micahel Emenalo has emerged as the leading candidate for a Director of Football role at Newcastle United, according to The Telegraph.
The new Saudi-backed ownership are looking to appoint a new Director of Football in the coming weeks, with Emenalo as the leading candidate.
Emenalo, a former Nigerian international who was of a member of the USA ’94 Super Eagles squad, built a stellar reputation within the game during his time at Chelsea, and harnessed the club’s ability to create youth academy products to great success.
During his time with the Blues, Chelsea brought in several big names such as Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Mohammed Salah, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard.
As part of the revamp process taking place at the club, Newcastle confirmed the appointment of Eddie Howe as their new Head Coach this week. The former Bournemouth Manager has signed a contract until 2024.
Emenalo’s last role in football came at Monaco in Ligue 1, although it was not the easiest of periods.
Arriving after the club had secured the title in 2017, he lasted two years during a period which saw the club sell a number of key assets, including Kylian Mbappe to PSG.
During his playing career, Emenalo enjoyed stint at Notts County, Lleida and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The 56-year-old won 14 caps for Nigeria between 1985 and 1995.