Gianfranco Zola has admitted that his exit from Chelsea was an extremely painful one following his departure and also explained that the Blues should not have let go of Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea confirmed that Frank Lampard will be the new manager of Chelsea football club by succeeding Maurizio Sarri after the Italian left for the job at Juventus. The 60-year-old helped Chelsea to the Europa League trophy, which was incidentally his first in his 30-year managerial career. Sarri also guided Chelsea to a third-place finish on the Premier League table which was quite impressive considering the fact that he had only a small budget to work with.
But now Lampard is set to take over as Chelsea boss and also bring his backroom staff along with him which means there will be no room for Gianfranco Zola.
The 53-year-old Italian has expressed that he is pained to leave Stamford Bridge but also respected the club’s decision. While speaking to talkSPORT, Zola said, “Obviously it’s painful because you’re in a place where you like to be and it means a lot to you. Of course, it’s always painful, but we have to be professional and I think Chelsea is looking forward, they made other choices and I respect them, I have no problem with that.”
Zola was then asked whether he would have liked to stay at Chelsea along with his national compatriot Sarri and he replied by saying that it was a pity that Sarri has to leave because his best work comes after the first season, “Yes, very much. I think the best of Maurizio’s work comes not in the first year but more from the second year onwards. “Looking at the way he works, it takes a little bit of time to put in place what he wants to do and also he is very demanding on the players. But, after the players get used to it, they get better and better and the work becomes more effective. It’s a pity because I think it would have been good for the club if Maurizio stayed and it would have been good for Maurizio as well.”
Lampard has already been appointed as Chelsea boss and the 41-year-old former English midfielder has also brought his ex-teammate and academy coach Jody Morris along with him from Derby County. But Lampard will face an uphill task with Chelsea as they face a transfer ban which will keep them from signing any players at the club for a whole year.
Although Sarri decided to join Juventus, he wasn’t too happy with Chelsea and the way that they did not give him the freedom to express his philosophy at the club. But a decision has been made and Gianfranco Zola also had to leave the club because of Sarri stepping down which is quite a shame. With Lampard having only one year of experience in management, it’s a risky decision that Chelsea have made.