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Chelsea Rumour Alert! Michael Emenalo Candidate For Director Of Football Vacancy

This is an interesting enough Chelsea rumour that I rather feel compelled to comment on it. The Mirror would have you believe that Michael Emenalo, more commonly known as 'the dude who sat next to Carlo Ancelotti and never spoke to anyone' is set to replace Frank Arneson as the Blues' director of football, with Guus Hiddink electing to remain with Turkey. This, apparently, has caused chaos.

Now, there are some reasons to suspect that Hiddink will stay on with Turkey, but they're mostly reports from the people who insisted he was coming to Stamford Bridge to be manager in the first place. We all know how that turned out. It's by no means guaranteed that he won't be arriving in some capacity. And Emenalo isn't a lock to be director of football even if Hiddink doesn't move in at Chelsea anyway. Don't even get me started on the 'Paul Clement is leaving' rumours, either - I've been trying to track them down to any source at all, and I can't find one.

What's interesting to me is the outcry over the linked Mirror piece. While I'm hardly buying their line on this one, I honestly don't much care if it's true. Yeah, I'd like Hiddink to be the director of football. But I don't know anything at all about Emenalo's ability to do the job, or to anything apart from look lonely during football matches. He doesn't have anything on his CV to suggest that he can be a good director of football, but the amount of negativity directed his way seems odd. Backlash from the Ray Wilkins firing, perhaps? Or just simple disappointment that that would mean no Hiddink?

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