Confirmed: Chelsea appoints new replacement for Michael Emenalo

Chelsea have tasked head scout Scott McLachlan with filling the hole left by former technical director Michael Emenalo, according to reports.

The former Nigeria defender stepped down from his role at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea’s victory over Manchester United at the start of November.

In a statement released at the time, he said he wanted to spend more time with his young family, though subsequently took on the role of sporting director with French league champions Monaco just three weeks later.

That left behind a void within Chelsea’s recruitment team, with director Marina Granovskaia absorbing Emenalo’s duties into her own.

But now The Times report that Chelsea have found a short-term successor, with McLachlan – who is the club’s head of international scouting – now having a greater say in the recruitment process.

McLachlan is working closely with Granovskaia and is already drawing up transfer plans for the January window, with the Blues heavily linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey.

Chelsea are currently reviewing their management structure and will look to identify a permanent replacement for Emenalo – which could be McLachlan.

That process will not be swift, however, and Chelsea are not expected to make an announcement on a new technical director until after this season.

Emenalo was also credited with acting as peace maker between Antonio Conte and the club’s board, with the Italian clashing with the board over targets, and McLachlan will presumably need to placate Conte in much the same way.

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