Emenalo is Carlo’s right-hand man

Emenalo had been working as head opposition scout for the club

since October 2007 but will now make the transition to coaching.

Chelsea confirmed the move in a statement on their official

website: “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.” Emenalo was brought to the

club by former boss Avram Grant and along with first-team coach

Paul Clement, he was favourite as a replacement for Wilkins as

Chelsea looked to appoint from within the club. “Michael Emenalo is

doing a fantastic job as head opposition scout and he is already

working very close to me,” said Ancelotti. Emenalo, 42, was a

defender during his playing days and became known to Grant during

their time at Maccabi Tel Aviv. He moved to the United States in

1986 where he graduated from Boston University three years later

with a degree in international relations with political sciences,

having also played college soccer. He also played in Belgium and

Germany before winning the Anglo-Italian Cup with Notts County. He

won 14 caps for Nigeria in total and played in the 1994 World Cup

in the United States. Meanwhile, Chelsea are sweating on the

fitness of captain John Terry who is understood to have seen a

chiropractor in Italy on Wednesday in a bid to solve a troublesome

nerve problem in his right leg. Terry has been left in agony by the

injury which has been managed during the season with a series of

injections. The club are hoping that Terry might be fit for the

clash with Newcastle on November 28. The Blues are also relatively

unconcerned by Alex’s selection as a substitute for Brazil against

Argentina on Wednesday night. The defender, who is likely to be out

for up to eight weeks with a knee injury, was named as a sub but

not used. The defender missed Chelsea’s games against Fulham and

Sunderland due to his injury but joined up with his national side

for the game in Qatar. Alex was due to return to the club’s

training ground at Cobham on Thursday for more treatment. It is

likely he will undergo further investigation via arthroscopic

surgery.