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Chelsea copying Arsenal's manager hunt must mean change in Todd Boehly strategy

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly
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Chelsea's decision to mutually part ways with Mauricio Pochettino last week seemed like yet another knee-jerk reaction from Todd Boehly.

The Blues' owner has built a reputation at Stamford Bridge for chopping and changing his managers on a regular basis. Thomas Tuchel was not afforded the luxury of time when it became clear he did not want to work in a head coach role.

Graham Potter was hired to lead a new project but this lasted less than a full season. Pochettino was at least given that but despite overseeing an upturn in performances in the final stages of the campaign, he will not be in the dugout when next season starts in August.

Instead, it looks likely that Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca will be the next man in the hot seat. The Italian led the Foxes to the Championship title last season and while that was an impressive accomplishment, it should have been a lot more comfortable than it was.

He comes to Chelsea having worked under several notable managers including Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti and Manchester City's Pep Guardiola. Of course, the latter of whom's appearance on Maresca's CV will lead to understandable comparisons to Arsenal and their decision to appoint Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard arrived at the Emirates Stadium having always been a No.2 but was seen as a leading candidate for the role thanks to his ideas and the information he had taken on board from Guardiola. Not everything went Arteta's way in the early days at Arsenal but the Gunners are starting to reap the benefits now they are regularly qualifying for the Champions League and battling for the Premier League title.

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It is undeniable that fans gave Arteta the benefit of the doubt during the rocky stages of his tenure thanks to his efforts as a player and Maresca may not afford that luxury. However, Boehly must stick to his guns now and give the Italian a fair crack at the job before deciding to rip up the plans again.

Whatever happens this upcoming season, allowing Pochettino to leave will look even more foolish if Maresca is not given time to implement his ideas. Boehly's strategy of changing managers needs to alter if the Blues are to replicate what Arsenal are accomplishing now.