Chelsea confirm appointment of Maresca

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Enzo Maresca as head coach. 

The 44-year-old Italian has left Leicester to take over at Stamford Bridge following the recent departure of Mauricio Pochettino.

Maresca has signed a five-year contract with the option of an additional year.

He recently guided Leicester back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Maresca has previously been head coach of Parma and had two spells at Manchester City, first managing their development squad and later as boss Pep Guardiola’s assistant.

Brentford’s Thomas Frank was nunder consideration for the Chelsea job.

Kieran McKenna was also initially considered after taking Ipswich from League One to the Premier League with back-to-back promotions.

“To join Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, is a dream for any coach,” Maresca said. “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.”