Ex-Chelsea attacker Gianfranco Zola gets first win as Cagliari boss

The Sardinian outfit defeated Cesena 2-1 yesterday to give the former West Ham boss his first victory as the side’s manager.

Gianfranco Zola was a player adored by the Stamford Bridge crowd over seven years in West London, but his time as a manager since retiring has been less successful.

The 48-year-old recently took over at Serie A side Cagliari and got his first win as the club’s boss yesterday, defeating Cesena 2-1 at home to get a much-needed three points.

Zola’s men took a 2-0 lead into the half-time break after strikes from Joao Pedro and Godfred Donsah gave the Sardinian outfit the ascendancy.

The Stadio Sant’Elia outfit were treated to a nervy finish following Franco Brienza scoring for the visitors in the 89th minute, but Cagliari held on to record victory in the relegation six-pointer.

The win lifts Zola’s side to 15 points, but Cagliari are still in the Serie A bottom three.

The diminutive Italian has had underwhelming managerial spells in charge of West Ham and Watford in the past, but will hope to succeed at the Serie A club where he spent two years as a player after leaving Chelsea in 2003.

Zola was twice voted the Blues Player of the Year and scored 59 Premier League goals in 229 appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

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