Title-winning manager says ‘yes’ to Boehly and Manchester United ready to land alternative

Chelsea have been given the green light to name one of their top candidates to replace Mauricio Pochettino after Fabrizio Romano dropped a major update on Enzo Maresca’s chances of taking the job and Manchester United are now seen as more likely to land. an alternative.

The Blues are stepping up their search to land a new manager this weekend after parting ways with Pochettino earlier this week, and TEAMtalk exclusively brings you the news that a meeting over his future has been scheduled for Monday and amid serious divisions inside the Chelsea boardroom.

Indeed, our journalist Fraser Gillan has several strong connections at Stamford Bridge and has also explained the detailed reasons why the ax ultimately fell on Pochettino’s reign, with Todd Boehly very much on his side, but several other board members, included co. -Owner Behdad Eghbali, feeling that, despite reaching a cup final and finishing sixth in the Premier League, the Argentine had not achieved good results.

Now Gillan has also been giving us the inside scoop on the current process at Stamford Bridge over the appointment of a successor to Pochettino.

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He has revealed that the Blues’ search, led by Eghbali, is largely driven by data and analysis, and they want a young, progressive manager to help realize Chelsea’s vision.

To that end, our man has revealed the four-man wanted list that Chelsea is currently working on and her chances of landing the job rated, with interviews scheduled for this weekend and the coming days.

Enzo Maresca says yes to the job at Chelsea

And with Kieran McKenna, Roberto De Zerbi, Ruben Amorim and Maresca shortlisted, the London outfit hope to reach an agreement on their next boss as soon as possible.

However, the latest update on the situation comes from another trusted reporter, Fabrizio Romano, who revealed that Leicester manager Maresca has now given the green light to a move to Stamford Bridge.

The Italian, who worked as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City during the 2022/23 season, led the Foxes to the Championship title in his first season in charge as they sealed their return to the Premier League in the first moment in who requested it. .

However, his time at the King Power Stadium could prove brief, with the 44-year-old apparently making it clear that he is willing to take the Chelsea job if offered.

Providing an update on the situation, Romano told Caughtoffside: “I get a lot of questions about Enzo Maresca’s boys and I can confirm that Maresca is very open and very interested in joining Chelsea. So it is a concrete possibility.

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“He is not the only target. (Sebastian) Hoeness does not want to leave Stuttgart, Michel is also very happy in Girona, but Thomas Frank is still there, McKenna is still there and it is true that there is also another candidate on Chelsea’s list but it is still not clear who it is, so it is still “They are discussing all the possibilities.”

Regarding the possibilities of Maresca accepting the position, Romano added: “Maresca said no to Sevilla, he wants to work in the Premier League, at Leicester or in any other club, he wants to stay in England and has a termination clause of about 10 million euros. .

“It’s really open and I understand why Chelsea are taking their time to choose the best possible option.”

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We understand, however, that Chelsea’s preference to accept the job is McKenna, who has led Ipswich to successive promotions and lifted the Tractor Boys from League One crisis to the Premier League in just over two years.

However, the 38-year-old is in demand and is also on the radar of his former club Manchester United as they reflect on life after Erik ten Hag.

The Northern Irishman was a coach at United, starting with the youth teams before being promoted to work with the first team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, before leaving for Portman Road in December 2021.

However, his time at Ipswich looks likely to come to an end with both Premier League giants in competition for his services.

However, it is United who appear to be in the driving seat with reports indicating that their representatives have already met with United technical director Jason Wilcox and incoming CEO Omar Berrada to discuss a possible move.

And McKenna is reportedly in favor of a move to Old Trafford over Chelsea and now believes the job of succeeding Ten Hag “is his.”

Obviously, this news will be a hard blow for Chelsea, which is pursuing the same goal and hence the big new update on Maresca.