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Enzo Maresca becomes the new Leicester City boss

Leicester has officially named Enzo Maresca as their new manager, signing him on a contract that extends until 2026. The 43-year-old Italian joins the King Power Stadium after serving as a member of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City.

Maresca takes over the managerial position from Dean Smith, who was unable to prevent Leicester’s relegation from the Premier League. Smith took charge for the final eight games of the 2022-23 season following Brendan Rodgers’ departure.

Maresca told Leicester’s official website: “I’m very excited because of the club (I’m joining) and because we have a big season ahead of us.

“At the beginning, the target is to play in the best way we can. From there, we can build, day by day, our idea and our philosophy, and the most important thing is to try to win games.

“First of all, we’re going to give 100 per cent, absolutely, because the club deserves this. It’s our job, our duty to do that. Then, as I said, day by day, step by step, absolutely we’re going to improve.”

Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “Enzo brings a combination of personality, method and ambition that meets extremely well with the footballing direction we are looking to take.

“His philosophy has been built over a rich and varied career, including an outstanding education as a coach, and fits with the vision we have for this next chapter in Leicester City’s history.

“Enzo’s profile has stood out to us for some time – a feeling that was only enhanced upon meeting him and listening to his enthusiasm for the challenge ahead. I have no doubt he will be warmly welcomed by our supporters and that together we can reset the club’s course towards future success.”

Maresca signs on a three-year deal

Maresca, a former midfielder who has represented West Brom, Juventus, Sevilla, Olympiacos, and Malaga, returns to Manchester City for a second time after previously working as an assistant coach at West Ham under Manuel Pellegrini.

Last summer, he rejoined Manchester City and took charge of their elite development squad, leading them to win the Premier League 2 title during the 2020-21 season. However, he left shortly after to become the manager of Parma, a position that lasted only a short period.

Now, Maresca departs Guardiola’s treble-winning team to join Leicester. The Midlands club aims to swiftly recover after their relegation from the Premier League, marking their first Championship season since 2013-14. This setback occurred seven years after their remarkable campaign of winning the Premier League title and two years after their FA Cup triumph.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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