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Chelsea hire Enzo Maresca as Pochettino's Successor

Chelsea hire Enzo Maresca as Pochettino's Successor
Published 3 weeks ago on May 28, 2024

Chelsea Announce Enzo Maresca as New Manager on Long-Term Deal.

Chelsea Announce Enzo Maresca as New Manager on Long-Term Deal

Enzo Maresca has been appointed as the new manager of Chelsea Football Club, succeeding Mauricio Pochettino who departed the club last week.

The 44-year-old Italian arrives at Stamford Bridge with a burgeoning reputation, having secured an immediate return to the Premier League with Leicester City in his first season as a manager.

Maresca Lands Lucrative Contract After Impressing at Leicester

Reports suggest Chelsea have agreed to a significant compensation package with Leicester City, believed to be around £10 million, to secure Maresca's services. The Italian has signed a five-year contract with the option for an additional year, keeping him at the club potentially until 2030.

Maresca's impressive spell at Leicester, where he guided the Foxes back to the top flight after relegation the previous season, convinced Chelsea's new ownership group led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. His experience as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City, where he played a key role in their historic treble win, further bolstered his credentials.

High Praise from Former Players Fuels Excitement for Maresca Era

The appointment of Maresca has been met with enthusiasm within the footballing world. Leicester City midfielder Harry Winks, who played under him last season, heaped praise on his former manager, describing him as "incredible" and "the best manager I've worked for." Winks highlighted Maresca's exceptional tactical acumen and man-management skills, suggesting he possesses all the qualities to succeed at the highest level.

Maresca Set to Reshape Chelsea Backroom Staff

Maresca's arrival is expected to bring significant changes to Chelsea's backroom staff. Reports suggest he will bring a team of five coaches with him to West London, including former Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero who retired last season to take up a coaching role at Leicester City. Danny Walker, Michele De Bernardin, Marcos Alvarez, and Javier Molina Caballero are also expected to make the move to Stamford Bridge.

Leicester City Face Rebuilding Task After Maresca's Departure

Leicester City now face the challenge of replacing both their manager and a significant portion of their backroom staff. West Bromwich Albion manager Carlos Corberan, who guided the Baggies to the Championship playoffs this season despite operating without transfer funds, has emerged as a potential candidate to take over at the King Power Stadium.

Maresca's appointment marks a new chapter for Chelsea Football Club. His impressive managerial record, coupled with the backing of the new ownership group, has generated a sense of optimism amongst fans. With a long-term contract secured, Maresca will be tasked with building a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title and competing in Europe.

Meet Pep Guardiola disciple Enzo Maresca

Enzo Maresca is considered among the most exciting young coaches on the planet. 
Born in Italy in 1980, he managed to guide Leicester to the Championship title in his first season as Foxes boss.His management career started at Italian minnows Ascoli before he was snapped up by Man City in 2020 to manage their Elite Development Squad.He guided the youth team to the Premier League 2 title in his one season working for the Citizens - with Cole Palmer in the side.His first senior job was with Parma but he was sacked after just a few months after failing to impress. 
Despite the team playing in Serie B and Maresca having an impressive squad he was unable to get them on course for promotion.He returned to Man City and worked as one of Pep Guardiola's assistants for the 2022/23 season as they won the Treble.He took over relegated Leicester last summer and made an immediate impact, with the Foxes winning the Championship title.Maresca showed his dedication to the job by living at the training ground for the first two months after his appointment.He's considered something of a Pep disciple and has said: "For a coach, it’s important to have the mentality of a chess player."During his playing career he played under Carlo Ancelotti and Marcello Lippi - and alongside ex-Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi.

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