Andrea Pirlo

The potential candidates to replace Michael Emenalo as Chelsea technical director have been revealed by Football London.

Emenalo left his post earlier this week after a decade with the Blues. He started off as chief scout, before progressing to assistant first-team coach while Avram Grant held the reins at Stamford Bridge. He was later appointed technical director in 2011, a post he held until Monday afternoon.

Michael Emenalo
Michael Emenalo handed in his resignation earlier this week after spending ten years at Chelsea.


His former position remains vacant, with the London Evening Standard reporting that the club may not appoint a new technical director, instead giving Marina Granovskaia further responsibilities.

However, Football London appear to have a differing idea about what changes are set to take place in West London.

Potential candidates

Football London have named six potential candidates for the role. They include former managers Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti, legendary midfielders Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, as well as Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky and Barcelona sporting director Raul Sanllehi.

Gus Hiddink
Guus Hiddink has been suggested as a potential successor to Michael Emenalo as Chelsea technical director.

Sanllehi is undoubtedly the most qualified, but Hiddink and Ancelotti already know the club inside-out. There would be an element of romance in appointing either of Lampard and Pirlo, but they have none of the necessary qualifications or experience. Slutsky is also a close friend of Roman Abramovich, so would be another logical appointment.

Only time will tell…

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