Chelsea to name Michael Emenalo as sporting director

Michael Emenalo
Emenalo joined Chelsea in October 2007 as head opposition scout

Michael Emenalo is on the verge of being named as Chelsea's new sporting director, BBC Sport understands.

The 45-year-old former Nigeria international will fill the role vacated by Frank Arnesen, who has taken up a similar position at Hamburg.

Emenalo joined the club in 2007 as head opposition scout and was made assistant first-team coach after the departure of Ray Wilkins in November last year.

He represented his country at the 1994 World Cup, winning 14 caps.

He had a brief spell with Notts County in the mid-1990s and he also played in the USA, Spain, Germany and Israel.

Emenalo will work with new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Among Arnesen's responsibilities were transfer dealings and oversight of the academy.