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Leicester Appoint Guardiola’s Assistant Maresca As New Manager

Enzo Maresca

As the demoted Foxes attempt to return to the Premier League, Leicester on Friday appointed Enzo Maresca as their new manager.

Maresca formerly served on Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at triple winners City before relocating to the King Power Stadium.

The 43-year-old Italian manager, who has a contract that lasts until 2026, takes over for Dean Smith, who served as temporary manager.

After replacing Brendan Rodgers for the remaining eight games of the regular season, Smith attempted to keep Leicester from being demoted to the Championship but was unsuccessful.

Because of the team and the significant season we have ahead of us, Maresca expressed his excitement.

“At first, our goal is to play as effectively as we can. The most crucial thing is to strive to win games, and from there, we can create our notion and philosophy day by day.

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

“His philosophy has been developed over a rich and varied career, including an outstanding education as a coach, and it is consistent with the goals we have for this new era in Leicester City’s history,” the statement reads.Maresca, a former midfielder for Juventus, West Bromwich Albion, and Sevilla who formerly played for Juventus, returned to City last year for a second stint after serving as an assistant coach at West Ham under Manuel Pellegrini.

Prior to leaving for a brief stint as Parma manager, he was in charge of City’s top development group for the 2020–21 season.

Following a difficult relegation that came seven years after their incredible Premier League-winning campaign and two years after winning the FA Cup, Leicester will play its first season in the Championship since 2013–14.

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