Zola wanted as part of Chelsea backroom staff

Chelsea will approach their legendary forward Gianfranco Zola to be part of the club’s new look backroom staff once a new manager is appointed, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper adds that Zola has rejected the offer of a coaching post at Stamford Bridge more than once already but owner Roman Abramovich feels Zola could be the right man to liaise between the new manager and the club’s senior players. Zola played with both John Terry and Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s captain and vice-captain respectively.

Zola, who managed West Ham United between 2008 and 2010, was voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player in a poll of Chelsea supporters in 2003, beating out second placed Peter Osgood by some 8,000 votes. Joining Chelsea from Parma in 1996, the Italian went on to make more than 300 appearances for the club, scoring 80 goals, before returning to Italy with Cagliari in 2003. Zola also won 35 international caps.

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