Published On: Wed, Dec 12th, 2012

Chelsea legend dreams of managerial role

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has described the prospect of managing his former club as a ‘dream’.

The Italian started his managerial career at West Ham United in 2008, taking over from Alan Curbishley who resigned due to a disagreement with the board.

Zola spent two seasons at the club but was ultimately sacked at the end of the 2009/10 season after finishing in 17th place, five points above the relegation zone.

New Job

After a two-year hiatus from the game, the former Italy international was announced as Watford’s new manager in the summer of 2012.

A good start in the Hornets’ hot-seat has seen Watford reach the dizzy heights of 6th in the Championship, eight points off of an automatic promotion place.

However, Zola believes he is not yet up to the standards required to lead a team like Chelsea, but believes the experience he will pick up at his new club can help him land his dream job.


“I have been dreaming of becoming a good manager, one who can lead a team like Chelsea,” said Zola who was quoted by Sky Sports after speaking to France Football.

“I work really hard for it. I do not know if I will (manage Chelsea). I think I have the abilities but I do not think I am good enough yet.

“It is only my second coaching experience in a club after West Ham. I still have a lot to do.

“I am really pleased by the plans (at Watford). I know how serious the Pozzo family are. This is the best place I could have found to develop as a coach.”


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