Former West Brom favourite and Manchester City youth team coach Enzo Maresca is set for a venture into first-team management – with Parma in his native Italy.
Italian midfielder Maresca arrived at The Hawthorns as a teenager in 1998 under Denis Smith and spent a couple of memorable years with Albion before returning to Italy when Juventus came calling.
Since, and after a decorated career in Italy, Spain and Greece, Maresca has moved into coaching. He worked under Manuel Pellegrini at Sevilla and followed him in a coaching capacity to West Ham United.
Right now, he’s working under Pep Guardiola as Manchester City’s under-23s boss in Premier League 2, but reports have emerged from Italy that Parma are set to offer Maresca the managerial role there. He’s recently been linked with replacing Neil Lennon at Celtic, too.
Like Albion, Parma were relegated from the top tier in their country this past season and have since parted company with Roberto D’Aversa.
It would appear that Maresca is in line to succeed him and venture into senior management. The 41-year-old played for Hellas Verona, Fiorentina, Palermo, Sampdoria and Bologna during his playing career spent in his home country.
His odds to become Sam Allardyce’s successor did shorten a week ago, but they’ve steadily drifted out again to around 25/1. Albion are understandably keen to find the right balance between youth and proven promotion experience at Championship level as they look to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Interviews are being conducted this week and, it’s hoped that, the filling of the Hawthorns hotseat will take place in the next fortnight or so.