The Athletic, the Saudi Pro League is set to appoint Michael Emenalo as its first-ever director of football. This significant move reflects Saudi Arabia's strong commitment to attracting top-level talent both on and off the field. 

Emenalo, renowned for his successful tenure at Chelsea from 2011 to 2017, played a vital role in the club's remarkable success across men's, women's, and academy divisions.

Emenalo's expertise lies in overseeing transfer activities, as demonstrated by his signings of football stars such as Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, and N'Golo Kante. After leaving Chelsea, he served as the sporting director at AS Monaco for two years before engaging in consultancy work.

Highly regarded as one of the best sporting directors in Europe, Emenalo's appointment underscores the Saudi Pro League's determination to adopt world-class principles and frameworks seen in the most prominent football leagues. 

Emenalo will be instrumental in building a capable team and improving the SPL's infrastructure 

With an extensive network and wealth of experience, Emenalo will be instrumental in building a capable team and improving the SPL's infrastructure through his past collaborations.

Furthermore, the focus will be on nurturing young Saudi talent, providing them with opportunities to learn the intricacies of the football industry and advance their careers. The appointment of a director of football by the SPL signifies its commitment to raising the league's stature and competitiveness.

As the SPL intensifies its efforts to attract high-profile players and managers, Emenalo's inclusion reaffirms their dedication to securing exceptional on-field talent and top-tier personnel off the field. 

The impact of Emenalo's appointment is eagerly anticipated, as the Saudi League aims to establish itself as a globally recognized football powerhouse.

As the league embarks on this exciting new chapter, the anticipation for the future grows, with much interest surrounding the potential outcomes of Emenalo's strategic guidance and expertise.