Chelsea Want Former Star To Return As Assistant Manager

Stamford Bridge owner sees legend as perfect candidate to restore pride in the club.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will recruit former star Gianfranco Zola back to the club as assistant manager this summer.

Sky Sports reports the Russian billionaire wants the Italian back to help restore pride in the club after they surrendered their domestic double trophies.

There is no suggestion the 44-year-old is being lined up to replace under-fire manager Carlo Ancelotii, who could be sacked following his side’s poor display this campaign.

Instead the former West Ham United boss will become the number two for whoever is in charge for the start of the 2011/12 season.

The role had been filled by Michael Emenalo since the dismissal of Ray Wilkins last Novemeber but the move did not go down well with the players.

Zola is not yet believed to have been contacted by Chelsea and a club spokesman said the club would not comment on “speculation”.

Ironically Ancelotti sold Zola to Chelsea, where he scored 80 goals in 312 games, for £4.5million in 1996 while in charge of Parma.

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