No disrespect to Maresca – Chelsea legend reveals real reason Chelsea appointed Enzo Maresca

Enzo Maresca
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Chelsea let go of Mauricio Pochettino at the end of last season – a decision that surprised many, as Chelsea were beginning to take shape under the Argentine.

The Chelsea owners appointed Enzo Maresca to take charge of Chelsea, and it will be the first time he’d be managing a top-flight club.

Chelsea fans are waiting for the new season to start before making a judgement on the newly appointed Enzo Maresca.

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin, is of the opinion that the powers that be at Chelsea wanted a manager they could control and who wouldn’t interfere with their recruitment ideology.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, Pat Nevin said: “At the end of last season, I was thinking things were starting to look alright at Chelsea. And what we’ve got now with Enzo Maresca is an experiment, one that involves a coach who’ll have no say on the players he’ll be working with. 

“It’s weird to say, but I don’t know how much it really mattered who Chelsea appointed. They didn’t want someone who’d try to get involved in acquisitions. They wanted a coach. Not to disrespect Maresca, but he’s one of many ambitious, technical coaches out there.

“He’s simply the one they picked — they’ve just plucked a young coach who’s done quite well lately. I always thought they’d go in this direction, away from big names. They wouldn’t want anyone who’d try to muscle in on their operation. It’s a reflection of a sea change in football.”

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