Next Chelsea manager: Enzo Maresca emerges as 'leading candidate' to replace Mauricio Pochettino

Enzo Maresca
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Chelsea's search for Mauricio Pochettino's replacement is set to gather pace over the next few weeks after the decision was made to part ways with the Argentine.

On Tuesday evening, it was confirmed that the two parties had mutually agreed to part ways after less than one year. Pochettino led Chelsea to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League after winning all five of his final five games with clear signs of progress.

However, it wasn't enough and Todd Boehly will now search to appoint his fifth head coach under his stewardship. The search is already underway and an array of candidates have already been linked with the post.

Here, brings you the latest information on the hunt for a new head coach:

What we know understands that VfB Stuttgart's Sebastian Hoeness, Kieran McKenna and Enzo Maresca are being considered. Hoeness' has admirers at the football club with his counter-press and high backline tactics impressing them.

Ipswich's McKenna has become one of the brightest young managers around after leading the Tractor Boys to back-to-back promotions to the Premier League. Maresca, who finished above McKenna in the Championship, has impressed with Leicester City with a playing style likened to Pep Guardiola's.

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Maresca the 'leading candidate'

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Maresca has emerged as the leading candidate to become the new head coach at Chelsea. The Italian journalist has claimed that his debut season in management has resulted in him being a standout choice.

Porto are also keen on the City manager but he reportedly has a release clause around £6m-£10m.

McKenna breaks silence

Kieran McKenna was tight-lipped on what his future holds after he was placed on Chelsea's managerial shortlist following the departure of Pochettino.

However, speaking after being named the League Managers Association (LMA) manager of the year on Tuesday - the same time that Pochettino exit was being announced - he kept his feet firmly on the ground. “Look, the club has had such a positive season and has such a positive future ahead,” he told Sky Sports.

“We’ve achieved so much, it’s been an incredible two years. When you have success like that there always comes speculation and things like that, we’ve seen that every summer. But I know how much everyone is looking forward to the season, the club is in a fantastic path and everyone is just really looking forward to the season ahead.”

It is now being reported by the BBC that McKenna is set to snub a new deal from Ipswich and that the 38 year-old and his team believe it is the right time to move on from the Portman Road club.