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Chelsea taking Enzo Maresca risk as Todd Boehly under pressure after Mauricio Pochettino failure

Enzo Maresca
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Chelsea are closing in on the appointment of Enzo Maresca from Leicester City, football.london understands.

The 44-year-old is now the club's number one target to replace Mauricio Pochettino as head coach. Chelsea's co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley flew out to Marbella on Tuesday to hold face-to-face talks with Maresca and finalise his appointment.

An official announcement from Chelsea is expected in the near future as they begin life under Maresca. The Italian is expected to sign a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea prepared to back their new head coach.

Pochettino, who left the club by mutual consent last week, was only handed a two-year deal when he was appointed 12 months ago. Chelsea, though, were prepared to give Pochettino the amount of time he needed to build a long-term project in SW6 but seemingly changed their minds during the process.

At the end-of-season review, the two parties decided to part company after just one campaign working together. That cannot be the case with Maresca - and because of the length of his contract, it looks as if it will not be the case.

Chelsea have had six permanent managers in charge in the space of six years. Albeit four of them came under the previous ownership but under Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, the pattern seems to be continuing, with both head coaches - Pochettino and Graham Potter - having left the club before their respective one-year anniversaries.

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However, there is an element of what Chelsea are doing that makes sense. They want a progressive manager with an attractive style of football to spearhead their ambitious long-term project. It just does not bode well, though, when you look at the past two years.

We have heard this all before. When Potter was appointed, Chelsea were prepared to give him time. But he lasted less than seven months. When Pochettino was appointed, the Blues were prepared to give him time. But he lasted less than 12 months.

In Maresca, Chelsea are taking a massive risk, but sometimes it is these risks that pay off. Several players, that have played under Maresca, have come out and said how intelligent, methodical and brilliant he is.

A Pep Guardiola disciple - something that has been highly documented since he emerged as a target for the Blues - that is eager to prove himself and move away from that label. While this is a huge risk for Chelsea, it is also a massive gamble for Maresca.

Every manager that was interviewed or linked with the vacant head coach role at Stamford Bridge will have had at least some reservations about moving there. Chelsea have been one of the most cut-throat clubs when it comes to their brutality with managers in recent times.

It has the power to destroy your managerial credibility but equally it can see it climb through the roof. It has been more the former than the latter in recent times at Chelsea, though.