Enzo Maresca verdict delivered as Leicester City boss departs for Chelsea

Enzo Maresca walks
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Enzo Maresca’s chances of repeating his Leicester City success at Chelsea have been given a huge thumbs down following his move to Stamford Bridge.

The Foxes’ title-winning boss has been named as the new Blues manager on a five-year deal, leaving his old fans to assess his chances of returning Chelsea to the summit of English and European football.

Blues have struggled since being sold by Roman Abramovich in 2022, and Maresca will be their sixth manager since Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital took control at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian endured a love-hate relationship with many Foxes fans during his solitary season at the King Power Stadium, his style often criticised and lack of alternative tactics derided despite successfully returning the club to the top-flight at the first time of asking.

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Others will have been less than impressed by his decision to jump ship at the first opportunity, so perhaps the response to a LeicestershireLive poll on the outgoing manager will come as no surprise, with an overwhelming 80 percent of respondents doubting he will be a success at Stamford Bridge.

Far closer in outcome were two subsequent questions looking ahead to the future at the King Power. With Leicester now actively looking for a new man to take over ahead of a return to the Premier League, albeit facing a potential points penalty for breaching player spending rules, fans were asked if they trusted the City hierarchy to make the right appointment. A majority - 53 percent of more than 1,500 respondents - did not.

And asked whether they saw Maresca leaving as a blow or a blessing for the Foxes, 36 percent opted for a blessing, with another 38 percent unsure. In a damning verdict on their former boss, just 26 percent saw his exit as a blow to the club.

Answers in full

Will Enzo Maresca be a success at Chelsea?

Yes - 20%

No - 80%

Do you trust the Leicester City hierarchy to make the right appointment?

Yes - 47%

No - 53%

Do you see Maresca leaving as a blow or a blessing for the Foxes?

A blow - 26%

A blessing - 36%

Unsure - 38%

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