Enzo Maresca Chelsea update as manager ruled out of job

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It is reported that Chelsea have dropped Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna from their new manager search entirely as Leicester City's Enzo Maresca remains one of the frontrunners for the job.

In the aftermath of Mauricio Pochettino's dismissal last Tuesday, a list of potential candidates was immediately drawn up including Maresca and his fellow automatic promotion-winning manager. Joining them were Brentford's Thomas Frank, Stuttgart's Sebastian Hoeness and Girona's Michel.

Word on the latter two quickly went quiet, as it became clear Stamford Bridge officials would remain in the country to conduct their search. Whispers of a 'mystery' fourth man - rumoured to be ex-Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi - emerged, however the picture has once again changed rapidly with regards to who the favoured choices are.

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The Athletic 's David Ornstein believes that the Blues' process 'is rapidly approaching a conclusion', with McKenna no longer under serious consideration for the role. The Ipswich boss took his current team to back-to-back promotions through the English Football League, finishing the 2023/24 season one point shy of the Foxes' total.

He reportedly engaged in talks with Chelsea staff - who are said to still respect the 38-year-old highly as an up-and-coming talented coach - though ultimately he has not made the cut as the Londoners narrow down their options.

But contrasting to other reports, Ornstein says this leaves Leicester 's Maresca and Brentford's Frank as the two individuals left standing - De Zerbi is also out of the equation. Chelsea sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart are conducting the operation and will supposedly reach a conclusion later this week.

City's manager, who has only had the one full year in management in England, has been said to be keen to make the leap to the capital should he prove to be the number one choice, which would mean Leicester pocket around £7-8m as a compensation fee.

Alternatively Frank has three years of Premier League experience. In his second year he guided the Bees to ninth, while on the other two occasions they finished 13th and 16th.

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