Enzo Maresca has already made future claim as Todd Boehly sent next Chelsea manager message

Leicester City Manager Enzo Maresca during the Leicester City press conference at Leicester City Training Ground, Seagrave on May 03, 2024
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Chelsea have already been dealt a major blow to their hopes of appointing Enzo Maresca as the club's new head coach. The Leicester City boss has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge following Mauricio Pochettino's departure. understands that the Blues have already begun the search for a new manager, with Sebastian Hoeness among being considered. The 42-year-old, who has earned comparisons to fellow countryman Hansi Flick, led Stuttgart to second in the Bundesliga this season after installing an attacking brand of football.

Kieran McKenna has also be named on the west Londoners' shortlist. The 38-year-old recently guided Ipswich Town to the Premier League, boasting more goals scored (92) than any other team in the Championship.

Maresca has also been mentioned in relation to the vacancy at Chelsea. The 44-year-old, who once worked closely with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, has transformed the Foxes into a possession-based side who like to dominate the opposition.

While Maresca has emerged as a contender for the head coach role at Stamford Bridge, the Italian appears set on seeing out his project. Speaking to the Leicester Mercury in August, he suggested that he could stay at the King Power Stadium for 'five or six years'.

"I always imagine myself with the same team for five or six years and imagine how good we could be," said Maresca. "I can see my team after just one month so I can imagine what they will be like in five years’ time.

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"That's the dream for all managers but today it is difficult. I know many managers who do not get the opportunity to finish one season. It's all changed and now it is difficult to find a manager who has stayed at the same club for many years.

"It’s my dream today – if you asked me for my professional dream it's to stay in one club and build something important for many years," added the Leicester City boss. "I know this idea can get big results.

"You can see this and the first club that I think of is Arsenal. They struggled at the beginning with Mikel but look at them now. It's fantastic. But not all clubs give you this chance."

Ironically, Chelsea have struggled to display a similar approach to Maresca – pre and post-takeover – with numerous managers shown the back door over the years.