Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has stepped down after a decade working at Stamford Bridge.
The Telegraph's Matt Law exclusively reported on Monday that Emenalo has left the club after 10 years.
His additional role as a key adviser and confidante of Blues owner Roman Abramovich sometimes caused consternation among the Chelsea supporters, particularly when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December 2015 - Emenalo blaming "palpable discord between the players and the manager".
The former Nigeria global announced he would be stepping down from his position where he's been in charge of player recruitment, the academy and Chelsea's loan network.
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Speculation continues to mount as to why exactly Emenalo ended his association with the club, with various angles such as a power struggle with Antonio Conte and Marina Granovskaia, and a potential job opening elsewhere doing rounds in the press but from Emenalo's quotes, one thing seems to be clear - his tenure at Chelsea had run its course.
According to ESPN FC's Liam Twomey, it is unknown what impact his departure will have on the way Chelsea make decisions as a club and in the transfer market.
Chelsea's off-field intrigue continued yesterday when Conte dropped central defender David Luiz from the squad to play Manchester United, which lead to Sky Sports' Gary Neville claiming that the Chelsea boss could 'lose his job' over the incident. I wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club's future triumphs from afar'.
Chelsea said the club will be reviewing its management structure, with the help of Emenalo. We are sorry to see him go but understand his desire to move on and explore new challenges'.