Why appointing Gianfranco Zola as Chelsea manager could be a mistake

As everyone would be well aware, as you would expect; the rumour mill as to who will be the next manager of Chelsea is going into overdrive.

Jose Mourinho is being primed as one of the favorites to take over. Most Chelsea fans will tell you that a romantic return of the Special One to Stamford Bridge is their dream choice, and I don’t blame them – he is the Special One and his record from his time at Chelsea was great.

While the idea of Jose returning is lovely, it is not going to necessarily happen.

One of the other favourites for the role is Gianfranco Zola who is currently managing Championship side Watford. His team are currently in third place and could well be seen playing in the Premier League next season.

Gianfranco is really showing his credentials with Watford; proving he may well have what it takes to be a great manager one day after what was not an entirely convincing spell with West Ham. The rapid development of on loan Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah is also an indicator that Zola has the ability to harness talent and turn it into good performances; players must be responding to his methods.

If this appointment is to happen, critics will be quick to suggest that the Italian may have succeeded at Championship level but Premier League is a different kettle of fish, however this is not the only issue that may arise.

Being Chelsea manager means that the slightest hiccup and chances are your gone before you can say “Russian Billionaire”.

All Chelsea fans will remember the legendary Roberto Di Matteo, the man who led us to our maiden Champions League triumph under challenging circumstances. A former player – a great one at that – and a manager who was in charge for the greatest night of Chelsea FC’s history as well as an FA Cup triumph was booted after only a few poor results.

The sacking hurt Chelsea fans severely and it was a massive betrayal to poor RDM.

My concern is that if Gianfranco Zola is appointed as manager and things go pear shaped, there will be no regard for the legendary status he has at the club. Roman has given Chelsea much, and we will be ever thankful; but he rules with an iron fist. Even if Zola was to come in, and say he was transitioning the squad (as happened with AVB), Roman wouldn’t care.

Unfortunately the football club just can’t risk another brutal betrayal of a legend, not yet, as Chelsea supporters are still healing from the pain inflicted from the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.

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