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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Former Forest boss Steve Cooper would be a better bet. Unlike Corberan, he does have Premier League experience and many think he was unfairly treated at the City Ground. On the other hand, he has no readily discernible style of play and his appointment at the King Power would not, I suspect, be greeted with much enthusiasm. As with all of the names mentioned here, of course, he may not want to move to a club likely to struggle next season

Two even much more promising candidates would be Thomas Frank and Graham Potter. Frank has worked wonders keeping Brentford in the Premier League despite their financial disadvantages. He is also pragmatic, prepared to defend deep when it is necessary as well as adopting a pleasing pressing game when his team is on top. Potter was reportedly Leicester’s first choice to replace Brendan Rodgers but was not prepared to move to a relegation-threatened club. Of all the candidates mentioned, his style of play is the closest to Maresca’s and, of course, he did a fantastic job at Brighton, a similar-sized club to the Foxes

However, it is doubtful if Frank or Potter would entertain the idea of moving to a club that is likely to start next season with a points deduction and may be forced to sell top players such as Kiernan Dewsbury Hall. Managers of any note would have to think hard before accepting what could be a poisoned chalice. Frank and Potter, in particular, have been linked with bigger jobs and there is every chance they will hold out for a more attractive role. 

It is likely then that Leicester will only be able to attract managers – such as Corberan, Liam Rosenior (recently sacked by Hull City) and David Wagner (who has just parted company with Norwich) who are unlikely to get any other Premier League jobs. It would also be an option to copy the recent Maresca strategy and look to appoint someone working in a coaching role at one of the big six clubs. This is suggested by an illuminating piece on the TCF-Filbert Way website. Given the problems attached to finding an adequate replacement for Maresca, most Foxes’ fans will be hoping that he stays at the King Power, for now at least.