Chelsea make fresh bid for Gianfranco Zola to join backroom staff

Chelsea make fresh bid for Blues legend Zola to join backroom staff

PUBLISHED:

11:10 GMT, 28 March 2012

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UPDATED:

11:10 GMT, 28 March 2012

Chelsea want Blues legend Gianfranco Zola to join the Stamford Bridge revolution.

The Londoners have reportedly made a fresh approach for the 45-year-old former striker to join the club's backroom staff.

Fresh offer: Chelsea hope to lure back Gianfranco Zola

Fresh offer: Chelsea hope to lure back Gianfranco Zola

Owner Roman Abramovich wants to appoint a big-name manager to oversee a summer overhaul of his ageing squad.

France boss Laurent Blanc and former England manager Fabio Capello have been linked with the hot seat following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in March.

Abramovich has drawn up a list of transfer targets including Eden Hazard, Hulk, Tim Krull and Cheik Tiote.

And the Russian tycoon also wants to shake-up his coaching staff and Zola remains highly regarded at Chelsea and played with the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard during his seven years at the club.

The Italian has been resisted the chance to take a coaching role in the past, most notably when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked last year.

The former West Ham manager still has his sights set on a return to top-level management and a possible return to Italy.

Blues legend: Former striker Zola

Blues legend: Former striker Zola

Zola held talks with Lazio president Claudio Lotito in Rome
last month about his interest in succeeding manager Edy Reja, who
offered his resignation only for it to be rejected by the Serie A club.

Chelsea remain hopeful they can entice Zola to fill the void between the players and management.

One of the biggest gripes of the players during Villas-Boas' reign
was the lack of communication between the players and management.

This was a role filled in the past notably by Carlo Ancelotti's
former No2 Ray Wilkins, who was sacked in November 2010, and Paul
Clement – the long-serving coach who worked under all of Roman
Abramovich's managerial appointments until being dismissed shortly
before Villas-Boas took the reins.

Interim boss Roberto di Matteo and his No 2 Eddie Newton are unlikely to stay on at
Chelsea under the new manager.