Chelsea promotes Emenalo to assist Ancelotti

BY foxsports • November 18, 2010

Chelsea promoted former Nigeria defender Michael Emenalo on Thursday to become Carlo Ancelotti's assistant coach at the Premier League champions.

The 42-year-old Emenalo, who has been with Chelsea since 2007, had been in charge of scouting opposition teams.

"His promotion to assistant first team coach is recognition of his efforts to date," Chelsea said in a statement.

"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, who played briefly for English club Notts County, replaces Ray Wilkins after the former Chelsea player abruptly left the club last week when it decided not to renew his contract.

Emenalo won 14 caps for Nigeria and played in the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

He graduated with a degree in international relations with political science from Boston University and also played for the San Jose Clash in Major League Soccer.

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