Chelsea legend emerges as surprise contender for Inter Milan job

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Former Chelsea forward Gianfranco Zola has emerged as a surprise contender to take over the vacant managerial role with Inter Milan, according to Sky Sports Italia.

The Serie A side parted ways with Frank de Boer last week with the side sat 12th in the table despite the season only being 11 games old.

The report claims that Zola met with representatives of Inter's Chinese owners, Suning, on Saturday morning, and is being considered as one of the main contenders to land the role.

Zola's last managerial position ended badly, though, as he was dismissed by Qatari side Al-Arabi earlier this year. The Sardinian managed to guide his team to just 10 wins in his debut campaign, losing 11, and finishing eighth in a 14-team league.

He has been without a club since his dismissal, so the opportunity to manage Inter would come as quite a surprise.

However, Zola has endured a patchy managerial career since hanging up his boots 11 years ago.

Having begun as assistant manager to the Italian under-21 side, he was handed the reigns at West Ham United in 2008. During his first season he was credited with giving the team an identity based around creative flair and was praised for bringing through a number of highly-rated youngsters to the first team like Junior Stanislas and James Tomkins.

Patchy record

However, he struggled to replicate that form the following season and he was dismissed two days before the end of the season.

Following a spell at Watford in the Championship – where he narrowly failed to guide the team to promotion to the Premier League – he returned to his hometown of Cagliari to manage the side.

But things didn't go well there either, as he lasted just three months after failing to lift them out of the relegation zone.

On paper, his record doesn't look like it is in line with what Inter Milan will expect of him. Having managed a total of 191 games he has a win percentage of just 35.60%.

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