Emenalo named as Chelsea assistant

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Chelsea have announced that Michael Emenalo will become the club's new assistant manager following Ray Wilkins' departure last week.

The Premier League champions allowed Wilkins to leave Stamford Bridge after his contract expired and the former Nigeria international has been handed the role to assist current head coach Carlo Ancelotti on a full-time basis.

Emenalo, 45, joined the club in 2007 under former manager Avram Grant and he has been promoted from his position as head opposition scout.

A statement on the club's official website read:"Chelsea football club is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Emenalo to the position of assistant first team coach. He moves up from his previous position of head opposition scout.

"Michael has been an important part of the first team management structure since his arrival in October 2007, and his promotion to assistant first team coach is recognition of his efforts to date.

"Michael will continue to oversee the first team scouting operation as he makes the transition to coaching. He will split the initial period between assisting first team coach Carlo Ancelotti and updating his coaching qualifications as he takes on this bigger and more influential role."

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