Ex-Chelsea legend Zola linked with Cagliari job

There are reports in Italy that Gianfranco Zola has become the favourite to replace Zdenek Zeman on the Cagliari bench.

Zdenek Zeman's days at Cagliari appear to be numbered and Gianfranco Zola is one of the candidates to replace him in Sardinia.

Zola has been unemployed since he left Watford somewhat unexpectedly this time last year, but the 48-year-old may now be set to return to his home island.

Czech tactician Zeman has still not formally been sacked, but the Italian press are certain that he is about to receive his marching orders.

Former goalkeeper Walter Zenga has been tipped for the Cagliari post, as has Delio Rossi, but La Stampa believes that Zola is the first choice.

Whoever takes on the Sardinians will have a tough task as they are in 18th place and facing a grim relegation battle, but Zola may relish the chance to return to the fray at the club he represented between 2003 and 2005 in the twilight of his playing career.

Cagliari are expected to make a decision on Zeman over the next 24 hours and Zola may want to stay close to his phone.

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