Does appointing the correct technical director have to be Chelsea's next priority? - The Chelsea Chronicle

Does appointing the correct technical director have to be Chelsea's next priority?

Ever since Michael Emenalo left Chelsea in 2017 and went to Monaco, the technical director role has been left empty.

During his time as technical director, Emenalo won countless trophies and helped construct title-winning squads.

Although Marina Granovskaia – an influential figure at Chelsea – took on much of the responsibilities, Emenalo hasn’t been directly replaced.

(From L) Monaco’s Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim, Monaco’s sporting director Michael Emenalo, Monaco’s Russian president Dmitriy Rybolovlev and Monaco’s Russian Vice club President Vadim Vasilyev, arrive for a training session on March 29, 2018 at training camp in La Turbie near Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

And following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as manager, the role of technical director will become even more important at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri’s stated philosophy is that he wants no involvement in the ins and outs from Chelsea, but will prefer to coach the players he is given.

This worked wonders with a unpredictable owner like Aurelio De Laurentiis – owner of Napoli – who often signed the players he himself wanted.

REGGIO NELL’EMILIA, ITALY – AUGUST 23: SSC Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and SSC Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri before the Serie A match between US Sassuolo Calcio and SSC Napoli at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore on August 23, 2015 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

But at Chelsea, the benefits of having a technical director and manager in sync and with clear philosophies cannot be underestimated.

Take Monchi at Sevilla.

After being appointed as their technical director in 2000, he was able to implement a clear plan for the club and during his time there, he made countless profits on players whilst also bringing extraordinary success to Seville in the shape of three straight Europa League titles.

Chelsea have been linked with former players Michael Ballack and Juliano Belletti, and Monchi himself has also been touted.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 15: Michael Ballack of Chelsea is sustituted with Juliano Belletti after being injured during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Final match between Chelsea and Portsmouth at Wembley Stadium on May 15, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

With Granovskaia wanting to return to her original role of director, any new technical director will have an over-arching control of the first-team and academy.

And with a change in philosophy on the pitch coming from Sarri, maybe it is high time that Chelsea had a clear philosophy off the pitch.