Shortlist of four Chelsea managers confirmed as Boehly and Eghbali’s book in interviews

Chelsea are continuing their search for a new coach and those responsible for the process are eager to speak to the candidates in the coming days.

Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have drawn up a short list of targets and TEAMtalk can exclusively reveal that the names being discussed now have been narrowed down to the last ones.

Chelsea Two of the candidates have been informed that they are being called for an interview, and sources say there will likely be a conversation with a third, and perhaps a fourth.

Kieran McKenna

Ipswich Town Chief Kieran McKenna is one of the best options, as previously reported, and is considered the perfect match based on the data sets used to identify Chelsea’s next manager.

Although he has yet to take charge of a Premier League match, his way of playing and developing young players is very attractive to Chelsea.

However, they will have to act quickly to appoint McKenna, due to the fact Manchester United are big admirers of his and will want to speak to him after the FA Cup final.

McKenna is very interested in taking the Chelsea job and has let Ipswich know that his future lies elsewhere.

He is also coveted by Brighton and has then been pushing to beat Chelsea. He has left them waiting because he wants to talk to Chelsea about the managerial vacancy.

Southrelease clause in Ipswich is around £4 million and this is also attractive to Chelsea who are battling the PSR, but it is not something the club will make a decision on.

TEAMtalk can confirm that McKenna has been notified that the Blues will speak to him.

Enzo Maresca

city ​​of leicesterEnzo Maresca is a surprise name on the list and that fact does not go unnoticed by Chelsea, who are aware that his appointment would be disappointing for their fans.

However, the Blues board does not seem to care and are eager to move forward with their ideals and build the club in their own way.

Maresca’s way of playing, his success with Leicester and the spirit gained from being a student of Pep Guardiola make him an attractive prospect for Chelsea and he will also be spoken to.

The Foxes have been aware of Chelsea’s intention to interview him and are keen to retain him. However, the former Manchester City player is very interested in accepting the job at Stamford Bridge.

Maresca, who only took charge of Leicester last summer, has a termination clause in the region of £8.5 million at King Power Stadium. Higher than McKenna’s, but not discouraging for Chelsea’s decision makers.

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Ruben Amorim

TEAMtalk sources have long been clear that the Sporting CP boss Ruben Amorim I would be open to talking to Chelsea about the position.

It is also being discussed behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, with a source saying it has “significant backing within the board”.

Some were unsure whether his processes and tactical acumen matched the Chelsea team and the club’s ideals, however he had spoken to them before and they had been impressed.

There is a lot of talk about Amorim and we understand that it has dominated much of the conversations.

He is keen to manage in the Premier League and has recently spoken to West Ham about a possible role, however, he did not feel they were aligned in their thinking and turned down the opportunity.

Sources in Portugal hope that Chelsea will approach an interview and are clear that it will be difficult for the Sporting coach to reject it.

He is someone who knows what he is looking for and is not reluctant to say no if he thinks it is not the right opportunity.

There has been a lot of talk about his release clause, but he could be allowed to leave for as little as £8m if he has a verbal agreement with Sporting. Without that, it will cost Chelsea around £12m to pry him away from the Portuguese side.

Roberto De Zerbi

Former Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi He is a man who has a lot of interest in Europe and sources claim that Manchester United are also watching him with interest.

The Italian has some supporters within Chelsea, but there is a divide due to the fact that he knows what he wants and will say what he thinks.

His tenure with the Seagulls eventually ended because of this and the Chelsea board don’t want someone who will cause unrest and discord if they don’t get their way.

They are eager to have a coach who will grow with the team and follow the transfer policy of signing talented young players.

Although De Zerbi worked with young talent at Brighton, he wanted a higher class player and left the club as a result.

Sources say it is difficult to see the Italian in charge at Stamford Bridge under Chelsea’s new owner, but there has been talk about him and he could be called in for an interview.

TEAMtalk can also reveal that Xavi Hernandez could be a shock name to watch given he has been released by Barcelona. It is another name that has been discussed before within Chelsea.

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