Confirmed: Former West Ham, Watford boss Gianfranco Zola takes over Qatari outfit

Former West Ham United and Watford boss Gianfranco Zola is the new coach of Al-Arabi in Qatar.

As confirmed by Albawaba Sports, former Italian international and Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola has been unveiled as the new head coach of Al-Arabi.

The 49-year-old was said to be in discussions with the Qatari outfit and was keen to get his managerial career back on track following his short stint at Serie A side Cagliari.

Zola’s managerial career to date hasn’t been all too successful, although he did show signs during his time in England that he has the ability to get the best out of his players.

After a role with the Italian U21s, his first club position came at West Ham United, where he managed to develop a fluid style and bring through youngsters such as Jack Collison and James Tomkins.

However, after a near relegation during his second full season, Zola was given his marching orders and was later confirmed as the new manager of Watford, under the guidance of the Pozzo family.

He led the Hornets to third spot and a Championship play-off final place in his first season in charge, although defeat to Crystal Palace and a leaky defence the following season prompted his resignation.

Al-Arabi may be seen as a strange move in Zola’s managerial career, but the Qatari side does provide the Italian with the chance to learn more about his coaching ability under arguably less pressure.

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