Gianfranco Zola backs Roberto Di Matteo to land Chelsea job
Thursday 24 May 2012
Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola believes Italian compatriot Roberto Di Matteo is likely to remain in charge of the Blues next season.
Di Matteo took over from sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas in March and guided the London outfit to their maiden Champions League title, along with the club's seventh FA Cup triumph.
Zola, who has been linked in recent months with the managerial job at Stamford Bridge, expects Di Matteo to be appointed as the club's permanent manager.
"Right now it's premature to judge what will happen on the Blues' bench or what will be my future," Zola said to Italian radio station Radio Mana Mana Sport.
"Di Matteo has done a great job with the Blues and I'm not that sure he will leave.
"For Chelsea, the (Champions League) final at the Allianz Arena was an extraordinary day. The atmosphere was unforgettable."
Zola, 45, has been out of a job since parting company with West Ham in May 2010.
Latest in Sport
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao live: Mayweather puts on defensive masterclass to win by unanimous decision
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin on Sky Sports Box Office?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does the fight start and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Only 132 pubs in the United Kingdom will show the fight - so where can you watch it?
Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous points decision - but Pacquiao thinks he should have won, saying 'he did nothing'
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 4 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 5 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils