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Manchester City ‘want former academy coach Enzo Maresca’ to be Pep Guardiola’s new assistant manager

Manchester City want former academy coach Enzo Maresca to become Pep Guardiola’s new assistant manager after Juanma Lillo’s departure to Qatari club Al-Saad

  • Manchester City hope to get Enzo Maresca as their new assistant manager
  • Guardiola’s previous number 2, Juanma Lillo, has left the club to Al-Saad. to lead
  • Maresca was previously a City U23 coach before leaving for Italy’s Parma
  • The 42-year-old is currently available and in the race to return to the Etihad

Manchester City want former coach Enzo Maresca to become Pep Guardiola’s new assistant the mirror

Guardiola’s No. 2 position has been vacated after the club announced on Friday that Juanma Lillo would be leaving the Etihad to pursue a new venture as manager of Qatari club Al-Saad.

And now it looks like the Premier League champions will become a familiar face in the run-up to next season, with Maresca leading the way to join Guardiola in the dugout.

Manchester City want Enzo Maresca (above) to be their new assistant manager

Manchester City want Enzo Maresca (above) to be their new assistant manager

The club announced on Friday that Juanma Lillo (above) would be leaving to join Al-Saad.  to connect

The club announced on Friday that Juanma Lillo (above) would be leaving to join Al-Saad. to connect

The 42-year-old coach left City last year after spending a season as manager of the club’s Elite Development Squad and leading the squad to a Premier League 2 title win.

Maresca decided to leave Manchester to become Serie A first-team coach for Parma, but was sacked in November with three points above the play-off relegation zone.

Despite this, the former West Brom and Juventus player is still highly regarded by Guardiola and his staff and is likely to return to Etihad this season.

Maresca also played for Bologna and Fiorentina before joining Sevilla, Escoli and West Ham, all before joining the Citizens.

Maresca was manager of City's Elite Development Squad in 2020 before moving to Parma.  left

Maresca was manager of City’s Elite Development Squad in 2020 before moving to Parma. left

City hopes to provide Pep Guardiola (above) a new assistant for the new season

City hopes to provide Pep Guardiola (above) a new assistant for the new season

On Friday, the Premier League champions announced that current assistant Juanma Lillo would leave the club to become the manager of Qatar’s Al-Saad.

The Spaniard came to City in June 2020 to fill the gap left by Mikel Arteta’s departure to Arsenal.

On the club’s website, Lillo said: “It has been a pleasure working with Pep (Guardiola), his backroom staff and this group of players and I hope to have contributed in some small way to the fantastic success we have enjoyed on the pitch. †

Guardiola, Lillo and City staff celebrate during their Premier League title parade in May

Guardiola, Lillo and city staff celebrate during their Premier League title parade in May

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