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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has left his role as assistant manager at Chelsea — just hours after Frank Lampard was appointed manager.
Zola served as assistant manager under Maurizio Sarri last season but the Italian has been left without a job after Sarri quit his role as Chelsea manager to join Juventus.
Sarri’s departure to Juve has left Zola high and dry, as he’s now currently without a job, with his contract with Chelsea having expired on June 30th.
Lampard was announced as Chelsea’s new manager on Thursday after months of speculation, and Zola has admitted that he was told late about the change in manager and it would be quite difficult to get a new job at this point in time.
“I found out quite late and the manager positions of the other teams have all been sorted out,” Zola told the Sun.
“Regardless, it is a minor thing for me. It was important that it helped my career. Working for a top club with a top coach has been good for me.
“I was head coach before and my main ambition is to return to that. But to work for Maurizio and Chelsea was a great opportunity.”
It was a difficult year for Sarri and Zola but Chelsea ended up finishing third in the Premier League and won the Europa League. Zola has revealed that he has no regrets over the time he spent as assistant manager at Chelsea and chose to thank the club for the opportunity.
“It has been a great year, there is no doubting that,” he said.
“Unfortunately, it was not to be. What matters is it was a great year and I have been part of a winning team.
“I want to take the opportunity to say thank you very much to the players, all the coaching staff and all the supporters and the club for the wonderful year we have had.
“Chelsea is in my heart and I was so proud to achieve so much for the club.”