Chelsea target Zola as coach - reports

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Chelsea are keen to make Gianfranco Zola a coach at Stamford Bridge, according to Sky Sports News sources.

The former Italian forward, who became a legend with the Blues during his 312 games at the club, has been out of management since being relieved of the managerial post at West Ham United, where he was replaced by former Chelsea boss Avram Grant in June 2010.

It's stressed by the sources that Zola is not being lined-up as managerial replacement for Carlo Ancelotti, who is thought to be under pressure after failing to secure a trophy for owner Roman Abramovich this season.

After Ray Wilkins left the club in November, Chelsea went into free-fall, and ultimately a run of poor form that would cost them the title, a fate all-but secured in the defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.


Zola, who is still loved and adored by players and fans at the club and scored 80 goals during his time in west London, could be the answer as a possible first team coach replacement this summer.

It's unknown if Chelsea are yet to make contact with Zola, and a club spokesman refused to comment on the speculation at the current time.

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