Christensen proves merit of Chelsea loan system, says Emenalo

Michael Emenalo has ended his 10-year stay at Chelsea

Academy director Neil Bath is already reporting directly to Granovskaia, who is seen as the most powerful person at the club after owner Roman Abramovich.

CHELSEA are considering absolving Michael Emenalo's technical director role at Chelsea, after he abruptly quit on Monday, according to the reports.

Asked about the club's loan programme and whether Christensen is a good example of the work being done, Emenalo - who stepped down from his position on Monday - told Chelsea TV: "Absolutely".

"He has played an important role during the most successful period in the club's history, helping make Chelsea the club it is today".

The 52 year old, in a statement, said it has been a very hard decision to make, but one he believes is right for both himself, his family, and the club.

The former Nigerian footballer has done well to recruit some big names since joining in 2007, helping Chelsea to eight trophies.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said Emenalo's resignation has been accepted "with regret".

'I wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club's future triumphs from afar'. "We are sorry to see him go but understand his desire to move on and explore new challenges".

Conte was the 10th manager appointed during Emenalo's time in west London and the former has been highly critical of Chelsea's transfer activity this summer.

Emenalo's decade at Stamford Bridge coincided with the club claiming three Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Europa League and, in 2012, the Champions League while 10 managers have come and gone.