The close of another Premier League season brings an honored Chelsea tradition: the Blues hire another manager for yet another season.
While this chaos worked for the club in the past, Enzo Maresca steps into a very different Chelsea.

Chelsea and long-term managerial appointments don’t mix.

Antonio Conte’s tenure feels like the last time the club allowed a manager to truly have some breathing room.

Since acquiring the club, the Boehly regime has continued to struggle to find success. Even if Abramovich’s Chelsea found itself in regular chaos, an identity still existed at the heart of it. This current Chelsea lacks a central identity, and it’s no wonder they can’t find any stability. 

In a way, the appointment of Maresca mirrors that of Potter. Both found success with smaller clubs and were heralded as exciting managerial prospects. Boehly never gave Potter the team to turn things around, and Maresca may find himself in a similar bind.

For both fans and players, this Maresca appointment must work for the health of the club long term. Chelsea is fortunate that United is such a dumpster fire because the Blues deserve to be seen as one of the worst-run clubs in the Prem.

Abramovich ran Chelsea under the idea of organized chaos.

A constant churn of managers underlined by a smart transfer strategy saw the club rise to the top of Europe.

In the almost 20-year reign of the Russian, Chelsea hired 13 different managers. One major difference from those that Boehly would later hire is that Abramovich chose winners. Even the young André Villas-Boas won as part of Mourinho’s training staff.

José Mourinho arrived on English shores a little green with what seemed like no experience. However, the Portuguese won both in Portugal and Europe before Chelsea. His arrival is almost single-handedly responsible for Chelsea’s emergence as a real force in football.

The list of managers that Abramovich approved of saw some of the games best from Ancelotti to Scolari. Contrast that with the current bunch that Boehly’s regime brought in. 

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Potter seemed like the perfect modern manager at the time, and he may still be a good one, but his term highlighted the issues at the heart of Chelsea. While he may have heavily benefitted from the Brighton environment, Potter failed at Chelsea because of ownership in part. They saw him as a manager who could push them to a sudden title charge rather than a project manager.

It’s easy to laugh at perennial loser Potch, but how can anyone argue that letting go of him this early made sense? Yes, Chelsea looked awful for most of the season, but the team played much better towards the end of the season. The only way dismissing him this early makes sense is if Boehly understands that long-term stability is needed and doesn’t see Potch as the correct manager.

Comparing Abramovich and Boehly’s regimes is interesting, but it’d be unfair to completely write off Boehly. As unfair as it is on the managers, they must now deliver for a spiraling ownership group.

Maresca arrives in London with a c.v. that, at face value, isn’t as impressive as other managerial appointments this summer. Unlike others, he also steps into a club in a total spiral.

It’s fair to be wary of this appointment when first looking at his career to this point. The majority of the Italian’s experience comes from lower and youth leagues. Again, it doesn’t match the reputation of Arne Slot, but there are interesting notes in Maresca’s background.

After sharpening his skills in City’s youth setup, he briefly managed Palermo in a forgettable stint. Upon their relegation, Leicester needed a manager to revamp their entire approach. Maresca provided them a low risk high reward option.

To say Maresca paid off would be an understatement. Leicester’s squad contained Premier League talent, but the Italians found a way to lift this club to become one of the best watches in England. 

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Even with a talented side, Maresca’s system dominated the Championship. Leicester scored the second most amount of goals while conceding the lowest. Like any manager from the City tree, Maresca set up his side to force themselves onto the game and dominate the ball.

A more apt comparison doesn’t exist besides Pep’s early tenure at City. It’s no surprise then that suitors came calling the moment Leicester secured promotion. Not only had the Italian dominated the league, but he had done it with Premier League-level players in a top-flight system.

Perhaps Maresca needed a full season in the Prem to show he isn’t a flash in the pan. However, Chelsea’s desperation gives the Italian a chance to rival his master.

The contradiction that Chelsea finds themselves in is that they have a talented squad, but everything around it is a mess for the sake of everyone involved. Maresca must deliver.
Unlike his counterparts, an appropriate amount of time won’t be allocated to him.

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