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League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Notts County's Elliott Hewitt celebrates their first goal Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Notts County's Elliott Hewitt scores their first goal Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Notts County's Elliott Hewitt scores their first goal Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Notts County manager Kevin Nolan Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Stevenage's Danny Newton celebrates their first goal Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Stevenage's Matt Godden in action with Notts County's Terry Hawkridge and Carl Dickinson Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Stevenage's Danny Newton scores their first goal Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Notts County’s Carl Dickinson in action with Stevenage’s Chris Whelpdale Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Stevenage’s Ronnie Henry in action with Notts County’s Jorge Grant Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Stevenage’s Ronnie Henry in action with Notts County’s Jorge Grant Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Notts County manager Kevin Nolan before the match Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 General view during a minutes silence as part of remembrance commemorations before the match Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 The teams come onto the pitch before the match Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Notts County manager Kevin Nolan signs autographs for fans before the match Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 General view of medals Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 Stevenage manager Darren Sarll during a minutes silence as part of remembrance commemorations before the match Action Images/Tom Jacobs

League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County

Soccer Football - League Two - Stevenage vs Notts County - Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - November 11, 2017 General view of a Royal British Legion badge Action Images/Tom Jacobs

FA Cup second-round draw: Fylde host 2013 winners Wigan, Boreham Wood sent to Coventry

FA Cup second round draw National League side AFC Fylde will host 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competition. Fylde, through to this stage of the competition for the first time in their history following a victory over Kidderminster, were paired with the League One side when the second round draw was made on Monday. Fylde's fellow non-League side Boreham Wood will also face former winners of the competition in the shape of Coventry, who lifted the cup in 1987. Coventry will be at home for the tie. There were a total of 12 non-League sides in the draw. National League South Oxford City were drawn away to Notts County. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side through to the second round, will face either Chorley or Fleetwood after their tie on Monday night. Leatherhead, who are ranked lower than Hereford, would go away to Wycombe if they win their replay against Billericay Town. Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood Town 7:28PM There you go Everyone present with 'Mark' Chapman professes themselves pleased with the draw. There's not much more I can add to the raw draw. Enjoy! Thanks for your company.  7:24PM TV picks I would guess would be Slough v Rochdale and Fylde v Wigan. Gateshead v Luton would be worth watching.  7:23PM The second round draw in full Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 20  Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 19 Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford 7:18PM Tie 18 Forest Green v Exeter City 7:18PM Tie 17 Notts Co v Oxford City 7:18PM Tie 16 Gillingham v Carlisle Utd 7:17PM Tie 15 AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic 7:17PM Tie 14 Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra 7:17PM Tie 13 Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle 7:16PM Tie 12 Gateshead v Luton Town 7:16PM Tie 11 Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley 7:16PM Tie 10 Stevenage v Swindon Town 7:16PM Tie nine AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic 7:15PM Tie eight Slough Town v Rochdale 7:15PM Tie seven Donny Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe 7:15PM Tie six Shrewsbury v Morecambe 7:14PM Tie five Port Vale v Yeovil Town 7:14PM Tie four Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay 7:14PM Tie three Newport Co v Cambridge Utd 7:13PM Tie two MK Dons v Maidstone United 7:13PM First out Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough 7:10PM Andy Cole and Kevin Davies Will draw the balls.  7:10PM Here we go The BBC hands over to BT Sport 7:09PM The draw will take place in 10 minutes Mark Chapman interviews Saturday's Slough Town heroes who thrashed Gainsborough Trinity 6-0. Everyone displays his/her poppy pinned to a tracksuit top. Chapman has his in his buttonhole. I'm perplexed that Chapman, a Manc, allows himself to be called 'Chappers'. That's a bit rah, isn't it? 'Chappy', 'Chap', 'grizzly' or 'face farm' would be far more Manc 7:03PM Former winners Bradford, Charlton, Blackburn, Wimbledon (oh, yes), Coventry and Wigan are all in the 'hat'. I use the quotation marks advisedly, unless you favour adorning your swede with a jaunty, plastic transparent bowl. And let's face it, who doesn't.   6:51PM Good evening All first-round winners have bagged their £18,000 prize money and set off in pursuit of the £27,000 on offer for a victory in the second round this evening. What, it's not about the money, it's about the glory? Could have fooled me after years of Premier League and Championship numpties fielding scratch sides to concentrate on the consolidation of 12th place.  For years the FA has allowed its Challenge Cup to be abused by myopic, soulless blowhards and yet it still thrives. We shall celebrate it here today as we find out who stands in the way of teams on the next leg of the road to Wembley (for the semi-finals! Gah! See what they've done there? Audrey, the screens!)   6:40PM A second-round FA Cup draw primer What is it? It's the draw for the second round of the 2017 FA Cup. When is it? It's on Monday November 6. - ie today. What time does it start? It will begin after 19.00 GMT - before the Chorley vs Fleetwood match on Monday night. What TV channel is it on? The match and draw will be on BT Sport 1 and BBC 2. Alternatively, you can follow the draw here. What's left of this weekend's action? First-round review Exeter assistant manager Matt Oakley was delighted to progress to round two of the FA Cup after seeing his side see off gallant Heybridge Swifts 3-1 at St James' Park. Two Jayden Stockley goals shortly past the hour mark gave the Grecians a commanding lead, but Samuel Bentick turned in a cross to reduce the arrears and give the Swifts hope. But any hopes of a comeback were ended by Liam McAlinden, whose shot squeezed through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Sambridge, much to the relief of Oakley, who was standing in for the absent Paul Tisdale. "I'm very pleased. It was a banana skin waiting to happen for us, when you see the draw come out," Oakley said. Relief for Exeter as they see off Heybridge Swifts Credit:  PA "I am very pleased with the result, very pleased with the second half performance and pleased to come in at half-time with a clean sheet. "We had a very difficult time at Warrington a few years ago when we conceded after a few minutes and we couldn't break them down after that. It was one of the messages we talked about before the game, so I was very pleased. "They put us under a lot of pressure and probably came out after the first half with a bit more confidence than we did. I thought we started the game really well, I was really pleased with the start, but then we started losing the ball and a few misplaced touches and they grew in confidence and came into it. "They didn't threaten our goal too much, so I wasn't too worried about it. We just needed to tighten up in certain areas and improve our attacking play in wide areas and we did that well in the second half." What are the draw numbers? STEVENAGE  BRADFORD CITY  PORT VALE  NEWPORT COUNTY MORECAMBE YEOVIL TOWN PETERBOROUGH UNITED OR TRANMERE ROVERS     CAMBRIDGE UNITED FOREST GREEN ROVERS AFC FYLDE  LUTON TOWN SHREWSBURY TOWN  HEREFORD GUISELEY OR ACCRINGTON STANLEY  BLACKBURN ROVERS  DONCASTER ROVERS     LEATHERHEAD OR BILLERICAY TOWN  BOREHAM WOOD  MANSFIELD TOWN  OXFORD CITY     PLYMOUTH ARGYLE  AFC WIMBLEDON  ROCHDALE COVENTRY CITY  CHORLEY OR FLEETWOOD TOWN CARLISLE UNITED NOTTS COUNTY  SWINDON TOWN  MAIDSTONE UNITED  WOKING OR BURY     CREWE ALEXANDRA GILLINGHAM MILTON KEYNES DONS  SLOUGH TOWN     WYCOMBE WANDERERS  NORTHAMPTON TOWN OR SCUNTHORPE UNITED     CHARLTON ATHELTIC  WIGAN ATHLETIC GATESHEAD EXETER CITY When will the second round fixtures take place? Weekend of December 2 and 3. What are the latest FA Cup odds? Chelsea - 5/1 Man City - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1

FA Cup second-round draw: Fylde host 2013 winners Wigan, Boreham Wood sent to Coventry

FA Cup second round draw National League side AFC Fylde will host 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competition. Fylde, through to this stage of the competition for the first time in their history following a victory over Kidderminster, were paired with the League One side when the second round draw was made on Monday. Fylde's fellow non-League side Boreham Wood will also face former winners of the competition in the shape of Coventry, who lifted the cup in 1987. Coventry will be at home for the tie. There were a total of 12 non-League sides in the draw. National League South Oxford City were drawn away to Notts County. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side through to the second round, will face either Chorley or Fleetwood after their tie on Monday night. Leatherhead, who are ranked lower than Hereford, would go away to Wycombe if they win their replay against Billericay Town. Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood Town 7:28PM There you go Everyone present with 'Mark' Chapman professes themselves pleased with the draw. There's not much more I can add to the raw draw. Enjoy! Thanks for your company.  7:24PM TV picks I would guess would be Slough v Rochdale and Fylde v Wigan. Gateshead v Luton would be worth watching.  7:23PM The second round draw in full Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 20  Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 19 Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford 7:18PM Tie 18 Forest Green v Exeter City 7:18PM Tie 17 Notts Co v Oxford City 7:18PM Tie 16 Gillingham v Carlisle Utd 7:17PM Tie 15 AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic 7:17PM Tie 14 Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra 7:17PM Tie 13 Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle 7:16PM Tie 12 Gateshead v Luton Town 7:16PM Tie 11 Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley 7:16PM Tie 10 Stevenage v Swindon Town 7:16PM Tie nine AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic 7:15PM Tie eight Slough Town v Rochdale 7:15PM Tie seven Donny Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe 7:15PM Tie six Shrewsbury v Morecambe 7:14PM Tie five Port Vale v Yeovil Town 7:14PM Tie four Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay 7:14PM Tie three Newport Co v Cambridge Utd 7:13PM Tie two MK Dons v Maidstone United 7:13PM First out Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough 7:10PM Andy Cole and Kevin Davies Will draw the balls.  7:10PM Here we go The BBC hands over to BT Sport 7:09PM The draw will take place in 10 minutes Mark Chapman interviews Saturday's Slough Town heroes who thrashed Gainsborough Trinity 6-0. Everyone displays his/her poppy pinned to a tracksuit top. Chapman has his in his buttonhole. I'm perplexed that Chapman, a Manc, allows himself to be called 'Chappers'. That's a bit rah, isn't it? 'Chappy', 'Chap', 'grizzly' or 'face farm' would be far more Manc 7:03PM Former winners Bradford, Charlton, Blackburn, Wimbledon (oh, yes), Coventry and Wigan are all in the 'hat'. I use the quotation marks advisedly, unless you favour adorning your swede with a jaunty, plastic transparent bowl. And let's face it, who doesn't.   6:51PM Good evening All first-round winners have bagged their £18,000 prize money and set off in pursuit of the £27,000 on offer for a victory in the second round this evening. What, it's not about the money, it's about the glory? Could have fooled me after years of Premier League and Championship numpties fielding scratch sides to concentrate on the consolidation of 12th place.  For years the FA has allowed its Challenge Cup to be abused by myopic, soulless blowhards and yet it still thrives. We shall celebrate it here today as we find out who stands in the way of teams on the next leg of the road to Wembley (for the semi-finals! Gah! See what they've done there? Audrey, the screens!)   6:40PM A second-round FA Cup draw primer What is it? It's the draw for the second round of the 2017 FA Cup. When is it? It's on Monday November 6. - ie today. What time does it start? It will begin after 19.00 GMT - before the Chorley vs Fleetwood match on Monday night. What TV channel is it on? The match and draw will be on BT Sport 1 and BBC 2. Alternatively, you can follow the draw here. What's left of this weekend's action? First-round review Exeter assistant manager Matt Oakley was delighted to progress to round two of the FA Cup after seeing his side see off gallant Heybridge Swifts 3-1 at St James' Park. Two Jayden Stockley goals shortly past the hour mark gave the Grecians a commanding lead, but Samuel Bentick turned in a cross to reduce the arrears and give the Swifts hope. But any hopes of a comeback were ended by Liam McAlinden, whose shot squeezed through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Sambridge, much to the relief of Oakley, who was standing in for the absent Paul Tisdale. "I'm very pleased. It was a banana skin waiting to happen for us, when you see the draw come out," Oakley said. Relief for Exeter as they see off Heybridge Swifts Credit:  PA "I am very pleased with the result, very pleased with the second half performance and pleased to come in at half-time with a clean sheet. "We had a very difficult time at Warrington a few years ago when we conceded after a few minutes and we couldn't break them down after that. It was one of the messages we talked about before the game, so I was very pleased. "They put us under a lot of pressure and probably came out after the first half with a bit more confidence than we did. I thought we started the game really well, I was really pleased with the start, but then we started losing the ball and a few misplaced touches and they grew in confidence and came into it. "They didn't threaten our goal too much, so I wasn't too worried about it. We just needed to tighten up in certain areas and improve our attacking play in wide areas and we did that well in the second half." What are the draw numbers? STEVENAGE  BRADFORD CITY  PORT VALE  NEWPORT COUNTY MORECAMBE YEOVIL TOWN PETERBOROUGH UNITED OR TRANMERE ROVERS     CAMBRIDGE UNITED FOREST GREEN ROVERS AFC FYLDE  LUTON TOWN SHREWSBURY TOWN  HEREFORD GUISELEY OR ACCRINGTON STANLEY  BLACKBURN ROVERS  DONCASTER ROVERS     LEATHERHEAD OR BILLERICAY TOWN  BOREHAM WOOD  MANSFIELD TOWN  OXFORD CITY     PLYMOUTH ARGYLE  AFC WIMBLEDON  ROCHDALE COVENTRY CITY  CHORLEY OR FLEETWOOD TOWN CARLISLE UNITED NOTTS COUNTY  SWINDON TOWN  MAIDSTONE UNITED  WOKING OR BURY     CREWE ALEXANDRA GILLINGHAM MILTON KEYNES DONS  SLOUGH TOWN     WYCOMBE WANDERERS  NORTHAMPTON TOWN OR SCUNTHORPE UNITED     CHARLTON ATHELTIC  WIGAN ATHLETIC GATESHEAD EXETER CITY When will the second round fixtures take place? Weekend of December 2 and 3. What are the latest FA Cup odds? Chelsea - 5/1 Man City - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1

Exclusive: Michael Emenalo quits Chelsea in major blow to Roman Abramovich

Michael Emenalo has shocked Chelsea by deciding to step down from his position as technical director. While speculation has been raging over the future of head coach Antonio Conte, Emenalo has decided to bring his 10-year association with the club to an end. The move may be viewed in some quarters as a victory for Conte, but Emenalo has remained supportive of the Italian who he helped to appoint last year. Emenalo’s decision is a huge blow to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who counted the 52-year-old among the few people he trusts and takes advice from. With his help, Chelsea have won the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League while Emenalo has been at the club. Conte is the 10th manager Emenalo has worked with and the former Notts County player has been a vital element of the Abramovich era. Abramovich visited Chelsea’s Cobham training ground last week, when it is likely Emenalo will have discussed the matter with the Russian. Emenalo alongside summer signing Danny Drinkwater Credit: Getty images Chelsea suffered a frustrating summer transfer window, which caused tension between Conte, Emenalo and director Marina Granovskaia. Chelsea confirmed Telegraph Sport's story in a statement on Monday afternoon. "This has been a very difficult decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club," Emenalo said. "I have had the privilege to work alongside some of the most talented people in the world of sport over the past 10 years, and I will depart incredibly proud of the achievements we have made. I wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club’s future triumphs from afar.’ Emenalo first joined Chelsea with Avram Grant in 2007 and worked as an opposition scout and assistant first-team coach under Carlo Ancelotti, replacing Ray Wilkins. Abramovich’s decision for Emenalo to take over from Wilkins and sit on the Chelsea bench caused controversy and thrust the former defender into the spotlight. Where the power lies at Chelsea He was promoted to technical director in 2011 and has been largely responsible for player recruitment and Chelsea’s vast youth network. Emenalo has often been blamed for signings that have not worked out and the number of youngsters sent away on loan, but he has also enjoyed great success in his job. Eden Hazard is one of his most successful signings, but Emenalo has also been responsible for the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku joining Chelsea. Emenalo was left frustrated that the likes of De Bruyne and Lukaku were not given a greater chance under former manager Jose Mourinho before they both decided to leave Chelsea. Emenalo was frustrated that players like Kevin De Bruyne weren't given more of a chance at Chelsea Credit: getty images Often remaining in the background, Emenalo made headlines after Chelsea sacked Mourinho in 2015 by blaming “palpable discord between the players and the manager.” It is unclear what Emenalo plans to do next or whether Chelsea will immediately attempt to replace him with a new technical director before the January transfer window. He gained his Uefa Pro Licence this summer and his climb up the football ladder is one of the most impressive in modern football. Born in Nigeria, Emenalo moved to the United States in 1986 where he graduated from Boston University with a degree in international relations with political sciences. Having played college football in America, his career continued in Belgium with Molenbeek and Germany with Eintracht Trier before moving to England to play for Notts County in 1994. During the same year he played in the USA World Cup for Nigeria and won a total of 14 caps for the Super Eagles. It was at his last club, Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, that Emenalo played under Grant and that association eventually facilitated his move to Chelsea.

Exclusive: Michael Emenalo quits Chelsea in major blow to Roman Abramovich

Michael Emenalo has shocked Chelsea by deciding to step down from his position as technical director. While speculation has been raging over the future of head coach Antonio Conte, Emenalo has decided to bring his 10-year association with the club to an end. The move may be viewed in some quarters as a victory for Conte, but Emenalo has remained supportive of the Italian who he helped to appoint last year. Emenalo’s decision is a huge blow to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who counted the 52-year-old among the few people he trusts and takes advice from. With his help, Chelsea have won the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League while Emenalo has been at the club. Conte is the 10th manager Emenalo has worked with and the former Notts County player has been a vital element of the Abramovich era. Abramovich visited Chelsea’s Cobham training ground last week, when it is likely Emenalo will have discussed the matter with the Russian. Emenalo alongside summer signing Danny Drinkwater Credit: Getty images Chelsea suffered a frustrating summer transfer window, which caused tension between Conte, Emenalo and director Marina Granovskaia. Chelsea confirmed Telegraph Sport's story in a statement on Monday afternoon. "This has been a very difficult decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club," Emenalo said. "I have had the privilege to work alongside some of the most talented people in the world of sport over the past 10 years, and I will depart incredibly proud of the achievements we have made. I wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club’s future triumphs from afar.’ Emenalo first joined Chelsea with Avram Grant in 2007 and worked as an opposition scout and assistant first-team coach under Carlo Ancelotti, replacing Ray Wilkins. Abramovich’s decision for Emenalo to take over from Wilkins and sit on the Chelsea bench caused controversy and thrust the former defender into the spotlight. Where the power lies at Chelsea He was promoted to technical director in 2011 and has been largely responsible for player recruitment and Chelsea’s vast youth network. Emenalo has often been blamed for signings that have not worked out and the number of youngsters sent away on loan, but he has also enjoyed great success in his job. Eden Hazard is one of his most successful signings, but Emenalo has also been responsible for the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku joining Chelsea. Emenalo was left frustrated that the likes of De Bruyne and Lukaku were not given a greater chance under former manager Jose Mourinho before they both decided to leave Chelsea. Emenalo was frustrated that players like Kevin De Bruyne weren't given more of a chance at Chelsea Credit: getty images Often remaining in the background, Emenalo made headlines after Chelsea sacked Mourinho in 2015 by blaming “palpable discord between the players and the manager.” It is unclear what Emenalo plans to do next or whether Chelsea will immediately attempt to replace him with a new technical director before the January transfer window. He gained his Uefa Pro Licence this summer and his climb up the football ladder is one of the most impressive in modern football. Born in Nigeria, Emenalo moved to the United States in 1986 where he graduated from Boston University with a degree in international relations with political sciences. Having played college football in America, his career continued in Belgium with Molenbeek and Germany with Eintracht Trier before moving to England to play for Notts County in 1994. During the same year he played in the USA World Cup for Nigeria and won a total of 14 caps for the Super Eagles. It was at his last club, Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, that Emenalo played under Grant and that association eventually facilitated his move to Chelsea.

Exclusive: Michael Emenalo quits Chelsea in major blow to Roman Abramovich

Michael Emenalo has shocked Chelsea by deciding to step down from his position as technical director. While speculation has been raging over the future of head coach Antonio Conte, Emenalo has decided to bring his 10-year association with the club to an end. The move may be viewed in some quarters as a victory for Conte, but Emenalo has remained supportive of the Italian who he helped to appoint last year. Emenalo’s decision is a huge blow to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who counted the 52-year-old among the few people he trusts and takes advice from. With his help, Chelsea have won the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League while Emenalo has been at the club. Conte is the 10th manager Emenalo has worked with and the former Notts County player has been a vital element of the Abramovich era. Abramovich visited Chelsea’s Cobham training ground last week, when it is likely Emenalo will have discussed the matter with the Russian. Emenalo alongside summer signing Danny Drinkwater Credit: Getty images Chelsea suffered a frustrating summer transfer window, which caused tension between Conte, Emenalo and director Marina Granovskaia. Chelsea confirmed Telegraph Sport's story in a statement on Monday afternoon. "This has been a very difficult decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club," Emenalo said. "I have had the privilege to work alongside some of the most talented people in the world of sport over the past 10 years, and I will depart incredibly proud of the achievements we have made. I wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club’s future triumphs from afar.’ Emenalo first joined Chelsea with Avram Grant in 2007 and worked as an opposition scout and assistant first-team coach under Carlo Ancelotti, replacing Ray Wilkins. Abramovich’s decision for Emenalo to take over from Wilkins and sit on the Chelsea bench caused controversy and thrust the former defender into the spotlight. Where the power lies at Chelsea He was promoted to technical director in 2011 and has been largely responsible for player recruitment and Chelsea’s vast youth network. Emenalo has often been blamed for signings that have not worked out and the number of youngsters sent away on loan, but he has also enjoyed great success in his job. Eden Hazard is one of his most successful signings, but Emenalo has also been responsible for the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku joining Chelsea. Emenalo was left frustrated that the likes of De Bruyne and Lukaku were not given a greater chance under former manager Jose Mourinho before they both decided to leave Chelsea. Emenalo was frustrated that players like Kevin De Bruyne weren't given more of a chance at Chelsea Credit: getty images Often remaining in the background, Emenalo made headlines after Chelsea sacked Mourinho in 2015 by blaming “palpable discord between the players and the manager.” It is unclear what Emenalo plans to do next or whether Chelsea will immediately attempt to replace him with a new technical director before the January transfer window. He gained his Uefa Pro Licence this summer and his climb up the football ladder is one of the most impressive in modern football. Born in Nigeria, Emenalo moved to the United States in 1986 where he graduated from Boston University with a degree in international relations with political sciences. Having played college football in America, his career continued in Belgium with Molenbeek and Germany with Eintracht Trier before moving to England to play for Notts County in 1994. During the same year he played in the USA World Cup for Nigeria and won a total of 14 caps for the Super Eagles. It was at his last club, Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, that Emenalo played under Grant and that association eventually facilitated his move to Chelsea.

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Bristol Rovers' Stuart Sinclair dejected Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's Ross Fitzsimons celebrates their fourth goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Bristol Rovers' Rory Gaffney in action with Notts County's Matt Tootle Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's Jon Stead during the match Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's Jorge Grant celebrates at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Bristol Rovers' Rory Gaffney Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's Ross Fitzsimons celebrates his sides third goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Bristol Rovers' manager Darrell Clarke Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Bristol Rovers' Liam Sercombe celebrates scoring their first goalal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's Jon Stead in action with Bristol Rovers' Tom Broadbent Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's manager Kevin Nolan Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's manager Kevin Nolan Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's manager Kevin Nolan Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Bristol Rovers' Stuart Sinclair celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's Ryan Yates celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's Ryan Yates celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's Ryan Yates celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers

Soccer Football - FA Cup First Round - Notts County vs Bristol Rovers - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - November 3, 2017 Notts County's Jorge Grant in action with Bristol Rovers' Adam Smith Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

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