Zola named Chelsea assistant first-team coach
Sarri was officially unveiled in the role on Wednesday, with Zola now confirmed as his No 2 later the same day.
Zola returns to Stamford Bridge having enjoyed a seven-year spell in west London as a player, during which time he scored 80 goals, including the winner in the 1-0 victory over Stuttgart in the 1998 European Cup Winners’ Cup final.
The Italian helped Chelsea win four major trophies while at the club and the 52-year-old – who has managed West Ham, Watford and Birmingham – will now work hard to play his part in helping secure further success as part of the coaching staff.
Once a Blue, always a Blue! 💙
Gianfranco Zola will join Maurizio Sarri’s backroom team as Assistant first team coach! Welcome home, Gianfranco!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 18, 2018
“For me, it is an amazing thing,” he told the club’s official website. “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.
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“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.”