West Ham cult figure may have prevented ex-boss Zola getting new job with this goal

Alessandro Diamanti has apparently saved his managers job - the job that his former boss Gianfranco Zola was reportedly lined up to get.

Things looked pretty dyer for Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay this weekend, but he had an ally in that respect in Italy.

Stefano Pioli has seen his position at Bologna rock tremendously recently as his side sit second from bottom in Serie A.

He recently protested against the blame being laid solely at his door:

“I am aware of the situation and I’m the first person to be held responsible for it, but I am not the only one.”

But according to the Italian press it was simple - fail to beat Genoa today and he was out.

Which is where it gets kind of interesting.

The bookies favourite to take over from Pioli is former Watford boss Gianfranco Zola. Now, it seems a player he once had a great relationship with in London, may have prevented him getting the job.

Alessandro Diamanti was at West Ham United when Zola was the manager at Upton Park - but upon their relegation to the Championship he left for his homeland.

He has since gone on to become a regular in the Italian national team - and of course knocked England out of the European Championships in 2012 with a calm penalty.

Today he bagged the goal that might have saved Pioli’s job in a 1-0 victory for Bologna that saw them climb off the foot of the table.

Although, given the fickle world of Italian football, Pioli is still expected to be sacked.

So perhaps Diamanti and Zola will be reunited soon.

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