Zola returns to Chelsea as Sarri’s assistant

Gianfranco Zola returns to Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri's assistant

Gianfranco Zola returns to Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri’s assistant

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has returned to the club as an assistant to new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Zola rejoins having enjoyed a wonderful seven-year playing career at Chelsea during which he scored 80 goals, including the winner in the 1998 European Cup Winners’ Cup final.

He won four major trophies during his time at the club and was named the best foreigner playing in England at the time.

Zola made 312 appearances for the Blues between 1996 and 2003. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the assistant’s role having managed in both the Premier League and the Championship, and worked as an assistant for Italy Under-21s.

He initially moved to Chelsea in November 1996 from Parma, having previously played for Napoli, when he performed an understudy role to Diego Maradona as they won the Serie A title in 1989/90.

READ: Chamberlain to miss most of 2018-19 season

The Italian made his debut for the Blues in a draw away at Blackburn Rovers and ended his first season in English football by laying on Eddie Newton’s goal in our FA Cup final win over Middlesbrough with a stunning back-heel.

He also picked up the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award.

Shortly after signing his contract, Zola 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.’

On heading off for the first pre-season game in Perth, Australia, he added: “It is a long way to travel but we are very pleased to go there and entertain our supporters over there. I know they are big fans so it will be a pleasure.”

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply