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Chelsea legend emerges as managerial frontrunner if Maurizio Sarri is sacked

  • Feb 11, 13:53

Chelsea’s 6-0 drubbing at the hands of title holders Manchester City yesterday has led to plenty of calls for Maurizio Sarri’s dismissal as manager, with the Blues now falling away from the top four spots.

Interestingly, according to multiple sources and Football Italia, Chelsea legend and current assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has become the leading candidate to take over until the end of the season – with the report stating that Chelsea are ‘considering Zola’.

The move would be similar one to rival’s Manchester United who appointed former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the Blues would hope that Zola would calm things down and get the club to the summer ahead of a marquee name appointment.

Zola’s managerial record isn’t great reading though, resigned as Birmingham City manager and sacked by both Al-Arabi and Cagliari. He did however keep West Ham in the Premier League for two seasons as boss and steered Watford to the Championship play-offs.

Gianfranco Zola would command the respect of the disgruntled Chelsea fans but at this time no noises are coming from the club suggesting Sarri’s sacking is imminent.