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Three new names revealed as Leicester assess manager options and release seven players

Three new names including familiar faces have been revealed as Leicester City assess their manager options and also release seven players.

According to the Telegraph, Dean Smith met with chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin to discuss the club’s future plans after its relegation to the Championship.

The former Aston Villa coach, who was unable prevent Leicester from being relegated after eight matches as head coach, has somewhat gained some support in the boardroom with two wins and three draws.

Smith has been asked to give his opinion on how his side could mount a promotion campaign next season and it’s believed that the talks were positive.

However, with that said, the club are also ready to begin talks this week with other potential candidates to find out who indeed will be their next permanent manager.

Manchester City first-team head coach Enzo Maresca has been identified as a possible target having earned the reputation of being a key member of Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff and could following in the footsteps of Mikel Arteta by moving on at manage another club. Southampton was keen on him earlier in the year, but he at the time had City in full focus.

Leicester will need to wait to hear if Maresca is ready for the jump, having been a crucial part of City’s bid to win the treble.

Leicester is also interested in Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna, who guided his side to promotion from League One, and Scott Parker who previously won promotion from the Championship with Fulham and Bournemouth but struggled abroad at Club Brugge from which he was sacked after 12 games.

Steven Gerrard is also a candidate after having held talks with Leicester in April, before Smith’s appointment.

What about Graham Potter? Well his name hasn’t been named in the report. Four days ago, Leicester were said to have contacted him and doing everything they could to tempt him in.

Leeds were also rumoured to be interested in him, while the Celtic job also looks available now that Ange is on the move to Tottenham.

French side Nice have since cooled their interest in Potter, according to RMC Sport. Whether Leicester have given up on trying to bring Potter or not remains to be seen. But judging by the Telegraph’s latest report, he isn’t in contention.

Meanwhile, Leicester confirmed on Monday night the departures of seven players.

LEICESTER RELEASED AND RETAINED:

Seven senior professionals are among those confirmed to leave Leicester City upon the expiration of their respective contracts this June.

– Leicester City confirms the departure of seven senior professionals upon the expiration of their contracts in June

– Youri Tielemans and Çağlar Söyüncü among the players to leave King Power Stadium

– Daniel Amartey, Nampalys Mendy, Ryan Bertrand, Ayoze Pérez and Tetê will also leave the Football Club

Youri Tielemans, Çağlar Söyüncü, Daniel Amartey, Nampalys Mendy, Ryan Bertrand, Ayoze Pérez and Tetê will all bring their spells at King Power Stadium to an end.

The Club remains in discussions with captain Jonny Evans with regard to his future beyond the expiration of his current deal this month, while an option has been exercised to extend the contract of midfielder Hamza Choudhury to June 2024.

The Football Club extends its thanks to all seven players for their contributions during their time with Leicester City and wishes them every success in the next stages of their respective careers.

This is what fans are saying with three new names revealed as Leicester assess manager options and release seven players…

@jayjay_allen: It’s highly likely at this stage that we haven’t got a clue what we are doing! #lcfc

@HRacingGreen: None of those names are Nigel Pearson I’m happy.

@lloyd_215: He’s got admirers in the boardroom cause he won the only game they bothered taking any notice of when it was too little too late 👍

@JamieB8806: No way Smith should be getting the job. Complete reset please #LCFC

@GK1_DA: Loved gerrard as a player but no thanks as a manager for Leicester 🤦🏽‍♂️ #LCFC

@TjLCFC: Dean smith couldn’t improve a shit Norwich team in the championship. If we get dean smith on a permanent, it’s going to be a long season… #LCFC

@lcfcwaggy: Fucking double relegation how goes it 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

@VintageLCFC: Smith did an OK job but surely we have to be looking for a complete fresh start

@LewisVocey: This list is hugely depressing. Snap your hand off at McKenna, Maresca would be interesting. The other 3 of dross and I can really see them rewarding Smith for utter failure

@kingpowers: Fuck this board. Ruining the club. Joke

@_jamiepotter: not Dean Smith.

@LCFCLookman: Fairs for Maresca

@Bedfordfoxajb: Dean Smith has admirers at board level @LCFC – I think that says it all. What has he achieved in recent times, 2 relegations and ruin Norwich. Would be a dreadful appointment and a lack of idea. Time for some fresh faces and ideas like the route Burnley took #lcfc

@sports_guy91: It’s gonna be Smith and we’ll limp into maybe playoffs, he only got Villa promoted because of Grealish and Tammy #lcfc

@VillaWatch1: Dean Smith would be a fantastic appointment for Leicester, they should not hesitate to make it permanent 👌

@kelwell16: I don’t care what people say Smith would have kept them up in if was brought in sooner and to keep saying he relegated Norwich is stupid they were all ready down. He got us to the Premiers he can do it again , but people need to get off his back , you certainly don’t need Gerrard

@supersouttar: Maresca might be a good shout IF we match the profile of players he’s looking for, hungry, energetic, nasty bastards on the pitch, with Peps philosophy with Marescas adaptions it could be something but knowing Top we’ll end up with Deano smh #LCFC

@LCFCshitposting: Dean Smith’s spell here was short but no one’s really going to get excited about him staying permanently after we’ve been relegated under him. Maresca is a gamble too. Hopefully whoever is brought in is in soon to oversee new signings…

@LestahSam: Maresca to me smacks of trying to copy burnley. Doubt we’d be as successful trying to do the same thing but hope I’m wrong, big gamble…

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