Saturday, 21st June, 2014

Former West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has moved into pole position to become the new Bologna coach.

Bologna, who were relegated from Serie A last season, had been hoping to appoint the experienced Zdenek Zeman, but he has taken over at Cagliari.

Current coach Davide Ballardini is set to see his contract at the club not renewed as Bologna look for a boss who can quickly lead them out of Serie B.

And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Zola may be that man, with the former Chelsea and Parma forward now Bologna's favoured candidate.


The 47-year-old, who won 35 caps for Italy between 1991 and 1997, has managed two clubs in his career, both in England.


Zola had a spell with West Ham between 2008 and 2010, followed by a stint at Championship club Watford from 2012 until 2013.

As a player Zola hung up his boots with Cagliari in 2005.

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