Blues legend predicts hero's return for Franco

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Former Chelsea star Roberto Di Matteo believes the thing his old club needs more than anything else is a period of stability.

As Blues owner Roman Abramovich continues his search for a new manager following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti, there has been plenty of names being bandied about.

Fellow Italian, Di Matteo, sympathises with compatriot Ancelotti for the way his tenure ended – just 12 months after bringing home a league and cup domestic double to Stamford Bridge.

"Chelsea had a rough patch in the winter with a few injuries," he said.

"Most teams during a season have a bit of a bad run, maybe apart from the one team who is going to win it at the end.


"It would have been good for Ancelotti to stay and keep a bit of stability at the club."

Di Matteo, who scored in three Wembley cup finals for Chelsea, said he is unsure of who will be appointed the next Blues boss. But did throw his former Stamford Bridge teammate, Gianfranco Zola's name into the frame.

"I think Franco will do very well if he returns to football," he continued.

"There is a trend in football. It seems in Europe they are going for younger managers now.

"Zola would be respected by the fans and be popular back at Chelsea. Apart from that, he is a good manager."

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