Gianfranco Zola has managed 3 times in England since retiring as a participant – at West Ham, Watford and BirminghamFormer Chelsea and Italy striker Gianfranco Zola has returned to Stamford Bridge as assistant to new supervisor Maurizio Sarri. As a participant, Zola helped the membership win two FA Cups, one Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup, one Uefa Tremendous Cup and one League Cup between 1996-2003. “For me it’s an incredible factor. I’m happy to be right here,” stated Zola. Zola, who resigned as Birmingham Metropolis supervisor in April 2017, has joined Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Australia. Fellow Italian Sarri, 59, was appointed Blues boss final week after fellow compatriot Antonio Conte was sacked regardless of profitable the Premier League title in 2016-17 and FA Cup in 2017-18. “It will be nice to achieve success with Maurizio and for the membership and I’ll give my finest, as I did prior to now as a participant,” added Zola, 52. “I’m very a lot trying ahead to the problem basically. I might love us to begin effectively and we’re all very excited to begin this new journey.” Zola made 312 league and cup appearances for Chelsea, scoring 80 instances. He has managed West Ham United, Watford and Italian facet Cagliari. Zola signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Birmingham in December 2016 however stop 4 months later after a poor run of kind.