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Enzo Maresca vs Thomas Frank - Who should be next Chelsea manager to replace Mauricio Pochettino

Six days on from Mauricio Pochettino's exit as Chelsea manager by mutual consent, and the number of names linked to replace him appears to be shortening.

There have been strong rumours about the likes of Kieran McKenna and Roberto De Zerbi among others, but the latest news is that only two known candidates remain to become the next Chelsea manager.

The Athletic report that McKenna is no longer being considered for the role, despite becoming an early favourite to succeed Pochettino after back-to-back promotions with Ipswich Town from League One to the Premier League.

According to the report, only Leicester City boss Enzo Maresca and Brentford head-coach Thomas Frank remain as known contenders to take over at Stamford Bridge this summer. football.london understands that talks between Chelsea and Leicester have now taken place over a potential move for Maresca.

So which one should the Blues make a move for?

Our football.london writers take a look below...

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Lee Wilmot - Head of football

The Chelsea manager hunt appears to be down to two names and I'm not convinced either man plays the kind of football that will get Chelsea supporters up off their feet. It begs the question, once again, of why let Mauricio Pochettino go?

There were clearly disagreements behind the scenes on just what influence Pochettino would have, so will either of these two be happy just to be coaches?

For me, out of the two, I would go with Thomas Frank. He's got the Premier League experience and he's used to dealing with players handed to him based on data. He's been doing it for years at Brentford.

He's managed to get more out of players than many would have expected in west London and with a considerably improved squad at Chelsea, just think what he could do there.

The big question really, is can he do better than Pochettino would have done? I'm not convinced, but it will be an interesting season to come.

Joe Doyle - Content Editor

The issue for me is - are either of the candidates better suited to what Chelsea need than Mauricio Pochettino?

The Blues had a bad season under him, and I can accept the decision to end his time at Stamford Bridge based on the year as a whole, even if the team had turned things round since Christmas. But not having a replacement ready to go when they took that decision screams of poor planning.

If they are looking for someone to act purely as a head-coach with no input on decisions on recruitment, then it seems from the outside that Thomas Frank may be the better fit. He's done a great job getting Brentford up to the Premier League and keeping them there, even if they did slide from a top-half finish to 15th this season.

With Brentford he has shown he can get a team to produce more than the sum of its parts. If that could be replicated at Chelsea with better players, they could be onto a winner. The question is whether he would be willing to take that step, and whether the squad would pull together for him.

Sam Truelove - Content Editor

For me, Chelsea need Premier League experience and the person I would look to appoint is Thomas Frank. The Brentford boss has done a fine job with the Bees since becoming head coach in 2018.

The west London side have been in the English top flight for the past three seasons and have performed well given the resources available. While Frank's style of football may not be the prettiest, he does often know how to get the job done so it would be interesting to see how he adapts to life at a high profile club like Chelsea.

I would hand Frank a two-year deal at Chelsea and also promise him the signing of Ivan Toney to fix the Blues' goalscoring problem. I don't actually think the Chelsea squad is too far away from challenging for a Champions League place and Frank could be the manager to make Todd Boehly's dream a reality.

Josh Holland - Central Audience Writer

I don't believe any Chelsea fan would have been satisfied if you told them that Enzo Maresca and Thomas Frank would be the final two contenders to replace Mauricio Pochettino when he mutually left the club last Tuesday.

For me, I can see the arguments for both managers. Frank boasts a decent record in the Premier League with a tight-knitted group at Brentford while Maresca's ideology with Leicester last season earned him comparisons to Pep Guardiola.

However, both do come with doubts and it'll be tough for them to prove the supporters wrong. Maresca gets my vote after personally watching every Leicester City game; the potential for the Italian to be a super head-coach is surreal.