Reports from Sky Sports claim that Chelsea are considering Gianfranco Zola for the interim manager position should they decide to sack Maurizio Sarri in the coming weeks.
The former Blues player has been assisting Sarri’s in the team’s first-team activities since the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign. With Chelsea losing 3 of their past 4 games, 2 of them against both the Manchester clubs, Zola has noticed his compatriot get heavily criticised for his managerial decisions.
Sky sources: Chelsea also considering making assistant manager Gianfranco Zola caretaker boss until the end of the season if they decide to part company with Maurizio Sarri.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 19, 2019
Bookmakers have already released favourable odds of Sarri facing the axe before the end of the season. This could potentially open up a spot for Zola to take over as a caretaker boss until a permanent figure gets appointed.
Plenty of names have been linked with the South West London club, the most eye-catching ones being Zinedine Zidane and Laurent Blanc. Chelsea might be looking to adopt Manchester United’s model of appointing one of their former players temporarily before taking on a giant contract of yet another prestigious name.
The Red Devils have found plenty of success upon handing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the head coaching position. Zola, now 52 has previously managed West Ham United, the Italy U21s, Watford, Cagliari and even Birmingham City, to name a few.
He might not have an impressive resume as a manager but he certainly is not inexperienced.
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