Gianfranco Zola

Where is Gianfranco Zola now?

Voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player, Gianfranco Zola finally called time on his fantastic career at his home club Cagliari when he retired from playing in 2005.

His first job after football was as a pundit for Italian television but in 2006 he started his coaching career as assistant manager for the Italian under 21 team.

He stayed in this role until 2008 when he was offered the job as manager of West Ham United.

Zola had an indifferent time at Upton Park and managed to avoid relegation in 2009 but was sacked once the season had ended.

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In July 2012, Zola was back in management with Watford after the club’s takeover by an Italian business man and he had a great first season, narrowly missing out on promotion after losing in the play off semi-finals.

After losing a number of key players in the summer of 2013, Gianfranco Zola’s Watford team struggled to recapture their form of the previous season and after a terrible run of home defeats he resigned from the club in December 2013.

In December 2014 Zola was back in football in his native Italy when he was named head coach at his home club Cagliari.

Unfortunately this reunion was short lived and he was sacked by the club after just 10 games having won just eight points from a possible 30.

After a short spell working as a pundit on Qatar television, Zola was appointed manager of Qatar Stars League side Al Arabi in July 2015.

He reportedly turned down managerial roles in both Italy and England before joining the seven time former Qatari champions.

Unfortunately, Zola was sacked after just one season at the club due his side’s poor league form which left them eighth out of fourteen teams at the end of the season.

In December 2016, in a move that surprised many, Zola was appointed the new manager of Birmingham City on a two-and-half-year contract.

Unfortunately his time at St Andrews was a disaster and he resigned in April 2017 after winning just two games out of 24.

In July 2018, Zola made a return to football when he joined former club Chelsea as new manager Maurizio Sarri’s assistant coach.

Away from football Zola co-owns an Italian gelato and coffee shop situated in Bromley called Unico.

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