Former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo ‘REJECTS new director of football role at Newcastle’ because the relegation-threatened club ‘could not match his ambition’
- Michael Emenalo ‘has declined Newcastle’s offer to become director of football’
- The Nigerian, 56, was the technical director at Chelsea between 2011 and 2017
- Emenalo has reportedly turned the Mapgies down as they don’t match his vision
- The news is a blow to Newcastle, with boss Eddie Howe keen to appoint Emenalo
Michael Emenalo, formerly Chelsea technical director, has rejected Newcastle’s offer to become their new director of football, according to reports.
Emenalo, 56, travelled to Saudi Arabia for talks and was understood to be the club’s No 1 choice for the role, with director Jamie Reuben and Newcastle’s Saudi owners as well as first-team manager Eddie Howe keen to appoint him.
But according to the Telegraph, the club’s inability to match his ambitious plans for the relegation-threatened Magpies means he has declined a deal.
Former Chelsea chief Michael Emenalo has rejected Newcastle’s offer to be director of football
Emenalo, 56, was the Blues’ technical director for six years and left AS Monaco two years ago
After thorough negotiations with director Amanda Staveley, in which he outlined his short- and long-term ideas to improve the club, Emenalo reportedly feels the club’s current vision does not suit him.
His rejection of their offer is not thought to be based on Newcastle’s relegation battle or lowly league position, and the relationship has remained cordial, so the club could re-approach him again in future with a more suitable proposal.
The news will cause some to question where the power lies at Newcastle, with Unai Emery also rejecting an approach to become manager after a botched pursuit of the former Arsenal boss.
More to follow.
Emenalo is a highly respected figure in football and helped Chelsea sign several top stars