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Chelsea new Coach is Naija: scout Michael Emenalo gets coaching position

Chelsea have promoted Michael Emenalo from his position as chief scout to assistant first team coach.

Emenalo, who has been with the Blues since October 2007, succeeds Ray Wilkins in the role and Chelsea say the move is "recognition of his efforts".

The 45-year-old represented Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup and won 14 caps.

Emenalo, who briefly played for Notts County in the mid-1990s, will continue to scout for the first team while he updates his coaching qualifications.

The Nigerian's playing career also took him to the United States, Spain, Germany and Israel.

Assistant first-team coach Paul Clement, who was alongside boss Carlo Ancelotti in the dug-out at Stamford Bridge for the defeat against Sunderland on Sunday, was expected to step up to fill the role...

Former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini, had also been linked with the job, as had Mauro Tassotti and Alessandro Costacurta who worked under Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti at Milan.

Ex-Chelsea first-team coach Steve Clarke and former West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola, who was a fans' favourite during his time as a player at Stamford Bridge, were also thought to be in the running.

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Comment by Agba Nnaemeka Christopher on November 28, 2010 at 8:26pm
CONGRATULATIONS MR. MIKE.....
Comment by kings on November 25, 2010 at 8:55am
congrats and please be focus it a bigger responsiblility now. God will see you through.
Comment by mohammed ojobarp bakare on November 23, 2010 at 6:23pm
wea are proud to be Nigerians after all. Congrats Mike.
Comment by ugheghe enoma on November 20, 2010 at 1:45pm
Comment by nze chris on November 20, 2010 at 12:48pm
congratulation my brother, just be cool ,with time one day you will be the head coach of chelsea when ancelotti left ,all nigerians are proud of you and are praying for your success on the work ahead
Comment by Justchyke on November 20, 2010 at 11:27am
And we are here searching for foreign coaches ... we never appreciate what we have
Comment by Moses K Tawose on November 20, 2010 at 6:27am
Congratulation to him keep up the good job!!!
Comment by emma ozo on November 19, 2010 at 10:31pm
this is good to hear
Comment by Engr. Omole Samuel Rex on November 19, 2010 at 9:50pm
Good to hear that, keep up the good job ok!
Comment by Adebanji Ogunbiyi on November 19, 2010 at 8:50pm
Please make sure that you represent Nigerians properly and don't behave like that stupid Amos Adamu who decided to drag Nigerian name in the mud at world level.
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