Ex-Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola leads Cagliari out of Serie A dropzone

The Sardinian outfit picked up a much-needed 2-1 victory over Sassuolo yesterday, taking the team out of the relegation zone.

Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola has had a relatively positive start to life as Cagliari’s manager and recorded his second win as the club’s head coach yesterday.

The Sardinian outfit are in relegation strife but battled to beat Sassuolo 2-1 at home this weekend.

Goals from Luca Rossettini and new signing Duje Cop secured victory for the Stadio Sant’Elia outfit in front of their own fans.

The victory lifts Cagliari out of Serie A’s bottom three, with Zola’s men leapfrogging Chievo Verona into 17th place.

Zola has now won two of his first five games in charge of the Sardinian club, with the side seemingly making progress under their diminutive new coach.

The Italian finished his career with Cagliari, playing two seasons with the Serie A side after leaving Chelsea.

The 47-year-old is still remembered fondly by the Stamford Bridge faithful, with the forward playing for the Blues for seven years and scoring some memorable goals along the way.

Zola was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year on two occasions and won two FA Cups and one League Cup during his time in West London.

The Italian has suffered contrasting fortunes since starting his managerial career, with underwhelming stints at West Ham and Watford in the past.

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