Zola to be brought in as last-ditch effort to keep Conte at Chelsea


Zola to be brought in as last-ditch effort to keep Conte at Chelsea

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Chelsea are set to recruit former West Ham manager and Blues legend Gianfranco Zola, according to Calciomercato.

Zola will be brought in by club owner Roman Abramovich in bid to pacify the tension between Antonio Conte and managing director Marina Granovskaia.

Conte expressed dissatisfaction with club’s transfer dealings this summer as his squad was left terribly thin in their title-defence bid this year. And this might have caused a fall-out between Conte and Granovskaia.

The recent departure of technical director Michael Emenalo for Ligue 1 club Monaco is a telltale sign that something is going amiss at the Blues ‘camp.  

But with bringing in Zola, Abramovich hopes to kill two birds with one stone – have a new technical director and take some of the weight off Conte’s shoulders by, perhaps, making his new appointee the middle man in the communication between Conte and Granovskaia. 

Marina GranovskaiaSource. Granovskaia has been Abramovich's second in command at Chelsea since 2014.

Whichever the case, the move will come as welcome news to Zola, who has, on more than one occasion, expressed his desire to work at Stamford Bridge.

“My dream, let us say my ambition, is to be Chelsea manager some day in the future.” Zola said while in charge of Al-Arabi in 2015.

The diminutive Italian ended his playing career in 2005 and has gone on to manage West Ham, Italy U16s, Watford, Cagliari, Al-Arabi and Birmingham City since then.

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# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17