Chelsea have already made huge Thomas Frank decision as 'multiple' new manager meetings held

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Chelsea's pursuit of a new manager looks set to intensify over the coming days with numerous updates coming to light. Enzo Maresca, Kieran McKenna, Thomas Frank and Roberto De Zerbi appear to be the main four names in the frame to take charge at Stamford Bridge.

Minus De Zerbi, all of the managers on Chelsea's shortlist will be in the Premier League next season regardless of whether or not they succeed Mauricio Pochettino. Frank enjoyed another season at Brentford while both McKenna and Maresca earned promotion from the Championship with Ipswich Town and Leicester City respectively.

Despite a somewhat disappointing season, De Zerbi looked set to remain in charge of Brighton but a decision was made in recent weeks that he would depart by mutual consent. Since then, club chiefs have been interested in hiring McKenna for the vacancy but both Chelsea and Manchester United are also keen to land his managerial services.

As for Maresca, the former Manchester City coach is said to be super open to taking over at Chelsea with his interview to come next week. Despite not being on the original list, talk of De Zerbi following the same path as Graham Potter has increased with it also recently revealed how much Chelsea would have to pay to appoint him.

Updates surrounding Chelsea's interest in Frank, though, has gone somewhat quiet but that has now seemingly changed. According to Christian Falk, via Fabrizio Romano's daily briefing, Chelsea have already held several meetings with Frank, who also had some interest from Bayern Munich, with the Bees boss sure to be in contention to become Chelsea's next manager.

Frank has been at Brentford since 2016 and manager since 2018, and in his own words, looks likely to be in charge for a seventh season but he has not ruled out eventually moving on. "I will probably be on that touchline on August 17," he told The Athletic. "I think that will happen. I’m happy here. I’ve said it many times and I mean it.

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"It’s close to the perfect football life. I’m not in any rush or searching to do something else but I also think I’ve learned in life I’m open for what can happen.

"I can see myself being here for a long period. Can I stay here for seven more years? I don’t know and that’s not that I don’t love Brentford, it’s just: do I want to try something different?

"But I’m very aware the grass is not greener in the garden next door even if it looks like it. Then you get in there, take a closer look and see there are a lot of weeds in the grass."