Which manager should Leicester bring in if Maresca leaves?

There are strong indications that Leicester may well lose Enzo Maresca to Chelsea, one of the big six clubs in the Premier League. Here, we look at who the Foxes should consider bringing in as a replacement if the Italian should leave.


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There are some dreamers amongst Leicester fans. An article on one Leicester fan site, for instance, has suggested Jose Mourinho as a possible candidate. Let’s dispense with that idea immediately. It is extremely unlikely that the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs boss would want to come to the King Power and, even if he did, the club would struggle to meet his salary demands. Roberto De Zerbi comes into the same category. He is hardly likely to want to come to a financially compromised club after leaving Brighton apparently because of their unwillingness to splash out on players.

There is a lot of support, on social media at least, for David Moyes. He certainly has plenty of experience of managing in the top flight and it is thought his pragmatic approach would be ideally suited to a newly promoted club with financial disadvantages whose main objective, initially at least, will be to survive. Having just been sacked by West Ham, too, no compensation would be payable to another club. I think it unlikely, however, that the Leicester board would opt for a coach who does not subscribe to the possession-based game promoted by Maresca. More to the point, the players wouldn’t be happy having to change their style of play so soon after finessing it under the Italian’s guidance. Nor do I think this would be a sensible idea.

Another possible candidate is Carlos Corberan. He has done a good job at West Brom guiding them to a play-off place this season in the process impressing in the two games against Leicester, one at least of which they should really have won. He learnt his trade under the excellent Marcelo Biesla at Leeds. However, he is contracted to the West Midlands club until 2027 and has no experience managing in the top flight. His appointment at the King Power would be a gamble.