Richard Keys nominates Mourinho's successor - already Chelsea legend

Chelsea icon tipped to become next managerial incumbent, after Jose Mourinho.

Affable Italian Gianfranco Zola, 47, should succeed Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager according to renowned pundit Richard Keys.

A two time FA Cup winner with Chelsea and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup titlist, Zola firmly embedded himself into Blue folklore for his dazzling displays in the forward's role for seven seasons, prior to departing for Italy in 2003, the same summer Roman Abramovich revolutionised the West London club.

Keys blogged on his official website: 'I have rarely spent time with such a nice man as Gianfranco Zola. 'Nice' isn't a good word I know but he's a charmer. An absolute gent. It was a genuine pleasure to be in his company these past few days.

'If I was choosing the next Chelsea coach he'd be on my list. 'Whats he done?' I hear you ask. Remember this - success is relative, depending on the club you're working for. Could Mourinho get Northampton off the bottom of Lge 2 right now? Probably not.'

He continued: 'Zola has learned much during his time at West Ham and Watford. He's a 'players' man. A charming man. But - he's also a winner.'

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