Enzo Maresca's first words as new Chelsea boss after replacing Mauricio Pochettino

Enzo Maresca is the new head coach of Chelsea
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Enzo Maresca has been confirmed as Chelsea's new head coach on a five-year contract. The Italian replaces Mauricio Pochettino at the Stamford Bridge helm following the 52-year-old's departure two days after guiding the Blues to sixth place in the Premier League table.

Amid Thomas Frank, Kieran McKenna and Roberto De Zerbi all featuring on the Chelsea managerial shortlist, it is Maresca who has won the race for the top job in west London. The 44-year-old enjoyed quite the 2023/24 season after guiding Leicester City back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Immediately stamping his mark on the Foxes, Maresca had Leicester top of the Championship for the vast majority of the campaign and they managed to hold off some late pressure from McKenna's Ipswich Town to win the league crown. Coming to the attention of Chelsea following his achievements at the King Power Stadium, the former Juventus player has penned a long-term deal in the capital.

Following his appointment as boss, Maresca spoke to the club's official website about taking over at Chelsea. He said: "To join Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, is a dream for any coach. It is why I am so excited by this opportunity.

"I look forward to working with a very talented group of players and staff to develop a team that continues the club’s tradition of success and makes our fans proud."

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Maresca's coaching staff will include former Blues goalkeeper Willy Caballero, Danny Walker, Michele De Bernardin, Marcos Alvarez, Javi Molina and Roberto Vitiello. Ben Roberts will join the staff as goalkeeper coach and has been appointed to the role of head of global goalkeeping.

the club have also announced the appointment of Bernardo Cueva as set-piece specialist.