Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has been named as the assistant manager to Maurizio Sarri at the club. He returns to Stamford Bridge 15 years after he made his last appearance for the club in a 312 game career.
Zola was instrumental for Chelsea as he scored 80 goals for the club between 1996 and 2003, and won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, Super Cup, two FA Cups and the League Cup with Chelsea.
He has garnered prior managerial experience in England with West Ham, Watford, and Birmingham. In a chat with the club’s official website, he said:
“For me it is an amazing thing.
“I am very willing to work hard because it is going to be a difficult challenge but I am pleased to be here, and to work hard with Maurizio to be successful.
“It would be great to be successful with Maurizio and for the club and I will give my best, as I did in the past as a player, so I will give my best in my new position.
“I am very much looking forward to the challenge in general. I would love us to start well and we are all very excited to start this new adventure.”