Hull City’s search for a new manager has led them to Chelsea great Gianfranco Zola, according to Sky Sports Italy this morning.
Gazzetta Dello Sport had reported this morning that Zola was on a four-man shortlist to replace departed manager Steve Bruce, with Roberto Martínez, Chris Coleman and former USA boss Bob Bradley also under consideration by the Premier League side.
However, it looks as though they have come to a decision, with Sky reporting that Zola has been approached by Hull today with a view to leading their survival bid in the league this season.
Coleman had emerged as a strong candidate for the job in recent days, but the Football Association of Wales had insisted that there had been no approach from Hull (or anyone else for that matter) for the man who guided the national side to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 earlier this month.
Zola has had something of a patchy managerial career. All four of his positions thus far have led to his dismissal, including ill-fated spells at West Ham and Watford. Most recently, he was in charge of Qatari side Al-Arabi, who sacked the 50-year-old after just over a year at the club.
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He is more fondly remembered in England from his time as a player. He made 320 appearances for Chelsea between 1996 and 2004, scoring 80 goals in that time. He is remembered as one of the best players to have played in the Premier League, but unfortunately he is yet to scale the same heights as a manager.
Bruce left the KCOM Stadium earlier this summer after four years at the club. Their pre-season campaign has been a troubled one, as they have failed to add to their squad while at the same time losing a number of important players through injury.
Zola (or whomever takes the role) will be one midfielder lighter soon, with the news that Newcastle have triggered the release clause of Mohammed Diamé. The 29-year-old has made 50 league appearances since joining from West Ham in 2014, and is now set to join the Magpies in a deal thought to be worth around £4.5m.