Enzo Maresca, who most recently served as an assistant coach for Manchester City, was selected as Leicester’s next manager on Friday. The newly-promoted Foxes hope to return to the Premier League next season.
After being a member of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at City, where they won the treble, Maresca goes to the King Power Stadium to continue his career.
The 43-year-old Italian has replaced interim manager Dean Smith after signing a deal that spans through 2026 and extends the duration of his tenure.
After taking over as interim manager for the remaining eight matches of the season following Brendan Rodgers’ departure, Smith was unable to prevent Leicester from being demoted to the Championship.
“I’m very excited because of the club and because we have a big season ahead of us,” Maresca said. “I’m very excited.”
“The objective right from the bat is to perform at the highest level that we are capable of. From there, we will be able to develop our strategy and our philosophy step by step, but the most essential thing is to strive to win games.
“Enzo brings a combination of personality, method, and ambition that meets extremely well with the footballing direction we are looking to take,” Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said further. “We are very excited to have him on board.”
“His philosophy has been built over the course of a rich and varied career, including an outstanding education as a coach,” and it “fits with the vision we have for this next chapter in Leicester City’s history.”
Maresca, a former midfielder for Juventus, West Bromwich Albion, and Sevilla, joined City for a second time in 2017 after previously working as an assistant coach at West Ham United under Manuel Pellegrini. Maresca also played for Sevilla during his playing career.
Before taking over as manager of Parma for a brief period, he had served as the head coach of City’s top development group for the season 2020-21.
After suffering a heartbreaking relegation in 2015, Leicester will play in the Championship for the first time since the 2013–14 season. This setback comes seven years after the incredible season in which they won the Premier League and two years after winning the FA Cup.