Avram Grant wouldn’t be at the helm of Chelsea beyond the summer: that’s the popular notion. But then who would replace him? Maybe a certain Gianfranco Zola?
Not quite. Although the former Italian international and Chelsea legend says that he is not at par to manage Chelsea, he doesn’t rule out the prospect of managing the London Blues one day. At the moment Zola is assistant to Pierluigi Casiraghi at the Italian U21 side and says:
I would be crazy to say no. Let’s put it this way, one day I would like to be good enough to manage Chelsea. It is in my heart. Mr Abramovich has been very good to me and asked me a couple of times to go back to Chelsea to work but what’s the point of going there and not having anything to do for the club? The way I see it is that I want to go there when I know I can give something back to the club.
I have been working for just one year, not as a manager but as an assistant to Casiraghi, so I can’t really say I am good enough to be the manager of one of the best teams in Europe. I need to improve and my experience with the Under-21s has been very good. I have learned a lot in a year and a half and I hope I will carry on this way.
Zola is a legend at Stamford Bridge and is also a close friendof the club’s owner Roman Abramovich. He is certain to manage Chelsea one day but next season would be too early.