Enzo Maresca: Leicester gave Chelsea permission to talk to Italian about head coach role | football news

Chelsea are “progressing well” in talks with Enzo Maresca as they look to make the Leicester boss their new manager on a long-term deal.

Chelsea co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart are in Marbella for face-to-face talks with Maresca and are expected to return soon.

Maresca is excited at the prospect of becoming Chelsea manager but wants to ensure everything is done correctly and Leicester receive the respect they deserve.

There are high expectations that the deal will be closed to everyone’s satisfaction and that Chelsea will be conscious of doing things the right way.

The Italian’s release clause at the King Power Stadium is understood to be between £8m and £10m, and a deal between the clubs is expected to be straightforward if Chelsea meet the clause.

He is grateful to Leicester’s owners for giving him the opportunity to manage a big club and, if he leaves, he wants to ensure he maintains good relations with the fans and everyone at the club.

The Blues have been impressed by the depth and breadth of Maresca’s knowledge of his team in conversations with his representatives, and are impressed by his single-minded focus on the way Chelsea want to play and his desire for the job.

The details of any potential move still need to be agreed upon: compensation, personal terms and the makeup of staff who could move with Maresca. The overall process will likely take a few days to complete.

The 44-year-old’s obsession with possession and positional play has made him the leading candidate to replace Pochettino.

An appointment could be arranged in the coming days if an agreement is reached with Leicester over compensation.

Kieran McKenna He was told by phone on Sunday that Chelsea were looking elsewhere but are big admirers of his achievements at Ipswich Town.

They also like and respect him. Thomas Frank and everything he has done at Brentford, while Roberto De Zerbi He was also a top candidate with what they consider a very impressive CV.

Chelsea’s new manager will sign a contract that will be longer than the two-year deal Pochettino agreed to last summer, before leaving the club by mutual consent last week.

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Chelsea co-sporting directors Winstanley and Stewart drew up the final list of recommended candidates, with the final decision made by Chelsea’s ownership group, which includes co-owners Behdad Eghbali and Todd Boehly.

“I think we should expect a decision this week,” he said. Sky Sports News Chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol. “Chelsea wants this to be resolved at the beginning of June.

“Eghbali has been in London for a long time and was at the FA Cup final on Saturday. He must leave London very soon but I expect a decision this week.”

Pochettino won Arne Slot and Vicente Kompany to work last summer. All three men were on the final final list and Ange Postecoglou He was also one of the main candidates.

Chelsea senior officials believe the new head coach will be the final piece of the puzzle to fit into the new modern structure they have built at the club.

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‘Chelsea feel that Maresca is the one for them’

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Sky Sports News Chief Reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“Chelsea have had a very thorough process with Kieran McKenna, Thomas Frank and Roberto De Zerbi all considered, but they feel Maresca is the right one for them.

“The others were all impressive candidates, but Chelsea feel at the moment that Maresca is the man for them and shares their vision for the future.

“He has only been a coach for a season and a half. He was a coach at Parma in the Italian second division and then he got the job at Leicester.

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“There have been some problems behind the scenes and not all Leicester fans have been completely happy with him, even though he got them promotion to the Premier League.

“There were problems with recruitment and problems with the fact that Leicester have been accused of allegedly breaching PSR rules and are also under a transfer embargo by the EFL.

“There have been problems, but Chelsea just want a head coach. They want someone to coach the first team and look after the media. Everything else, they think they have in place.”

“You have to remember that Mikel Arteta did not have any previous experience of managing in the Premier League before joining Arsenal, but he had worked with Pep Guardiola, which is exactly the same as Maresca.

“I’m not saying he’s a better coach than Arteta, but he has more experience than when he took over at Arsenal.

“Don’t underestimate the Pep effect. If you have worked with Guardiola, you have an advantage when looking for these types of jobs, however, you still have to impress, which Maresca has done during these conversations.

“I’m told his knowledge of the Chelsea team, including the youth team players, is encyclopedic.”

Analysis: Maresca ‘so rooted’ in the Guardiola style

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Jordan Blackwell, Leicester Mercury correspondent:

“Maresca is so entrenched in Guardiola’s style of play, which is regarded throughout Europe as the most successful way of playing, that he would always attract interest when he was able to make that style successful, which he did at Leicester.

“It seemed like the club had thought outside the box in bringing in Maresca, with a lot of tactical knowledge whose acumen has been praised. That’s not just as Pep’s assistant, but also with Manchester City U21 and as first-team coach in the West Ham.

“Leicester players have talked about feeling a bit stupid when he arrived, he was teaching them things they had never considered or thought about, totally different ways of thinking about the game. Harry Winks said he is the best manager he has ever worked for. and has played with Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and José Mourinho.

“The players would accept his departure more strongly than the fans. There were difficult moments with the fans, who wanted them to take more risks and try to make something happen, especially after the way they won the Premier League in 2016. But they were “So worried about getting hit on the counterattack that they were very patient and kept him back.”