Former West Ham manager targets England return

Former Chelsea forward Gianfranco Zola wants to return to England as a manager.

Former West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola has revealed to The Independent that he wants to manage in England again.

Zola is currently out of a managerial job after being sacked by Italian club Cagliari in March.

“The idea would be to find a team in England,” the former Chelsea forward told The Independent. “At the moment it is quiet and I will wait for an opportunity to come. Certainly the priority is in England.”

Zola has a strong reputation in England as a player, having been hugely successful with Premier League outfit Chelsea.

During his seven years at the Blues between 1996 and 2003, the former Italy international won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the FA Cup (twice) and the League Cup.

The 48-year-old’s managerial career in England also started well. The Italian was appointed the Hammers boss in September 2008 and he was successful in his first season, but he was sacked in May 2010.

Zola guided West Ham to a ninth-placed finish in the Premier League in the 2008-09 campaign, but in the following season the London outfit struggled for survival and eventually ended up 17th in the standings.

The former Napoli star was appointed the Watford head coach in 2012 and led the Hornets to a third-place finish in the Championship in the 2012-13 campaign.

However, the following season Watford struggled, and Zola resigned from his position in December 2013 with the club 13th in the Championship table.

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