Jamie Carragher slams ‘ridiculous’ Chelsea owners amid Enzo Maresca arrival

Jamie Carragher has aimed a huge dig at co-owner Todd Boehly et al (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Carragher has slammed Chelsea’s owners for their ‘ridiculous’ decision to get rid of Mauricio Pochettino amid the arrival of Enzo Maresca.

The Blues parted ways with their Argentine head coach at the end of May, a decision which stunned the football world given his stellar work in west London.

Pochettino only arrived at Chelsea last summer and took over a largely inexperienced side who had just suffered an abysmal 12th-placed top-flight finish.

The former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss was tasked with getting Chelsea back into Europe, which he did, as the Blues finished sixth this term.

Chelsea also impressed in the domestic cups – with a run to the Carabao Cup final and FA Cup semi-finals – but that wasn’t enough to convince Todd Boehly et al.

‘That was probably the biggest shock I’ve had this season,’ football pundit Carragher exclusively told Metro.co.uk.

‘I could not believe it. It’s a ridiculous decision. But, it’s just another one on the long list of ridiculous decisions Chelsea have made.’

Chelsea’s call to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino shocked fans (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea have decided to bring in Maresca to replace Pochettino, a call which has also raised eyebrows given his failed stint at Italian club Parma.

Maresca took charge of second-tier Parma in May 2021 – his first job in first-team management – but would only last until November after failing to lead them into the Serie A promotion spots.

Following his dismissal at Parma, Enzo Maresca returned to Manchester City to become one of Pep Guardiola’s assistant managers.

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His second spell behind the scenes at the Etihad would only last a year, though, as Leicester took a punt on him after their Premier League relegation in 2022-23.

Leicester was only Maresca’s second job in first-team management but he successfully guided them to the Championship title in his debut season this term.

He has now become the fourth manager in the BlueCo era at Chelsea following the dismissals of Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter and Pochettino.

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