Although the job title has not been decided, Emenalo will take on a new position that will be similar in scope and power to that of a continental sporting director. An announcement is expected within 48 hours that will confirm Emenalo’s extraordinary rise to one of the most influential technical positions in European football.
A former Nigeria international, he was recruited to Chelsea by Avram Grant in 2007 from the Tucson Soccer Academy in Arizona, where he had been in charge of the under-12s girls’ team for little more than a year.
Emenalo’s first job at Chelsea was as head opposition scout but he was promoted to the first-team coaching staff last year and has since made an extremely positive impression on key figures at the club, including owner Roman Abramovich.
Villas-Boas has already appointed his core coaching team, which includes former Chelsea midfielder Roberto di Matteo.