Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola has been appointed by his former team as assistant first-team coach to new boss Maurizio Sarri.
Zola played for Chelsea for 7 years scoring 80 goals for the club. He was in team was in the team that won European cup in 1998 and he scored the only goal in final against Stuttgart. During his career at the blues, Zola won 4 major trophies. The 52 years old is new to premier coaching job having managed West Ham, Watford and Birmingham and also worked as assistant coach for Italy under 21 team
In his first interview with club official website, Zola said he is ready for the challenge ahead and will do what he can to bring success to the club. Chelsea who appointed Maurizio Sarri as new boss having sacked Antonio Conte is looking to win premier back from Manchester City. They missed out on UEFA Champions league next season having finish above top four spot.
Maurizio Sarri has made publicly known his desire to challenge for top premier league having said he is not willing to let best players leaves. Chelsea players like Eden Hazzard, Ng’olo Kante, and Willian were linked to move away from Club following interests from Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester respectively.
Zola made 312 appearances for Chelsea during his careers and is loved by many fans in the club he joined as a player in 1996 from Parma playing his first game for the Blues against Blackburn Rovers a match that ended in a draw. He also won several awards including Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award. In May this year, he was back at Stamford Bridge in which he featured for Chelsea Legends against Inter Forever. Zola’s first as assistant manager for Chelsea will be against Australia side Peth this week