Chelsea confirm Enzo Maresca as Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement as ex-Leicester City boss pens long-term contract

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Enzo Maresca as their new head coach, following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino.


Posted Tuesday, June 04, 2024 by Thesun.co.uk

Chelsea confirm Enzo Maresca as Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement as ex-Leicester City boss pens long-term contract

  • Maresca chosen as Pochettino replacement
  • Italian pens long-term deal at Stamford Bridge
  • Chelsea poised for busy summer transfer window

WHAT HAPPENED?

Pochettino parted ways with the club last Tuesday, and the Blues were linked with the likes of Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna and Brentford's Thomas Frank in the days that followed. However, Maresca quickly emerged as the frontrunner and he has now been confirmed as the club's fourth, permanent head coach of the Todd Boehly era.

WHAT CHELSEA SAID

A club statement read: "Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Enzo Maresca as new head coach of the men’s team.

"The Italian will begin his new role on 1 July 2024 on a five-year contract, with a club option of a further year.

"Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, Chelsea’s co-sporting directors, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Enzo to Chelsea. He has proven himself to be an excellent coach capable of delivering impressive results with an exciting and identifiable style. Enzo has deeply impressed us in our discussions leading up to his appointment. His ambitions and work ethic align with those of the club. We thoroughly look forward to working with him.’"

WHAT MARESCA SAID

The club's new manager added: "To join Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, is a dream for any coach. It is why I am so excited by this opportunity.

'I look forward to working with a very talented group of players and staff to develop a team that continues the club’s tradition of success and makes our fans proud.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Only Russell Martin's Southampton averaged more possession per game than Leicester in the Championship last season (61.6%). Maresca's side were also the second-tier's highest scorers and conceded the least goals in the division.

WHAT NEXT FOR CHELSEA?

It's understood that signing a goalkeeper is top of Chelsea's wishlist this summer, with left-back and centre forward the other areas earmarked for strengthening. There's expected to be plenty of Blues players heading in the other direction over the coming weeks too, with Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah among those who could be sold.



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