One candidate “super keen” on becoming Chelsea’s next manager according to top journalist

Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca is “super keen” on becoming Chelsea’s next manager according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Blues are once again looking for a new manager following the announcement of Mauricio Pochettino’s departure on Tuesday after just one season in charge.

The Argentine had guided the Blues to a top six finish and a return to European football, but following an end of season review it was decided he would leave the club.

Maresca keen on Chelsea job

Chelsea have now turned their attention to appointing a new manager with a host of names already being linked to the Stamford Bridge hot seat.

It’s believed the club have narrowed things down to a shortlist of four which features Maresca, Kieran McKenna, Thomas Frank and an unknown fourth candidate.

The Blues want to appoint a young progressive manager who can grow with the club, and will buy into what they are trying to do.

Maresca guided Leicester to the Championship title last season.

The Evening Standard reported on Friday that Chelsea are set to interview Maresca, who guided Leicester to the Championship title last season, and now Romano has provided an update on the Italian.

Writing in his Daily Briefing column for Caught Offside he stated the 44-year-old is “super keen” on becoming the club’s new manager, with it seen as a strong possibility.

“I’m receiving many questions about Enzo Maresca guys, and I can confirm that Maresca is super open and super keen on joining Chelsea, so it’s a concrete possibility”, he said.

“He’s not the only target, Hoeness doesn’t want to leave Stuttgart, Michel is also very happy at Girona, but Thomas Frank remains there, McKenna remains there and it’s true that there is also another candidate in Chelsea’s list but there’s no clarity on who that is yet, so they are still discussing all the possibilities.

“Maresca said no to Sevilla, he wants to work in the Premier League, at Leicester or any other club, he wants to stay in England and he has a release clause around €10m.

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

It’s believed Chelsea want to have a new manager appointed by the end of next week as they know they could face competition from other clubs for their targets if they wait to long.

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