One of the biggest highlights of Maurizio Sarri’s arrival at Stamford Bridge last summer was the return to west London of club legend Gianfranco Zola.
The former Italy midfielder became the side’s assistant manager, but following Sarri’s exit, Zola’s long-term future at the club became uncertain.
Now, Chelsea have confirmed that the fan favourite will leave Stamford Bridge as new manager Frank Lampard brings about the appointments of his own backroom staff.
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After hearing the news of Zola’s departure, Blues fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the matter and many were rather disappointed to see him go.
Many supporters of the west London club wished the Italian the best of luck going forward and thanked him for his part in helping the side win the Europa League earlier this year.
Indeed, some even expressed their hope that Zola could have perhaps stayed on at the club under Lampard, and revealed their disappointment at seeing his time at Stamford Bridge cut short after just a year.
Check out some of the reaction of Chelsea fans below:
— Tom Clifford (@tomcliffordcfc) 4 July 2019
Legend always. Thanks for helping us win the EL. Good looking at being a manager.
— Rasen #WETHECHAMPS (@RasenRendanX) 4 July 2019
Another Legend in, Another Legend out
— London is Blue (@Neskimenton) 4 July 2019
I personally think Frank Lampard should have kept him as one of his assistants. He pretty knows his football.
— Alex Spencer (@kropelgrada) 4 July 2019
Lampard should’ve kept him, man has already worked with the squad.
— Nino graFithi (@NeroExp) 4 July 2019
Such a shame this legend loses his job after a very good season last year.
— JF5 (@ChelseaJF5_) 4 July 2019
— Stuart Brown (@Stuart23Brown) 4 July 2019
Soo sad he his leaving, fantastic legend , he his always come to our great club
— #welcomeHomeFrank (@Asfrancisoffi1) 4 July 2019