Former West Ham manager sacked


gianfranco_zola_1388129cGianfranco Zola  has been sacked by Al-Arabi. The former West Ham manager has been in charge of the Qatari side for just one season and signed a two-year contract with the club last July.

However, Al-Arabi failed to make much progress under his stewardship, finishing in the same position (eighth) and with the same number of points (35) in the 14-team league as the previous season.

“Our president has said he is going to change the coach,” confirmed a spokesman for Al-Arabi.

Zola has be replaced by veteran Uruguayan coach Gerardo Pelusso after the club installed a new president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Jabr Al-Thani.

Earlier this month, Zola was odds-on favourite with the bookies to be named next Nottingham Forest manager, with his odds, at one stage, being slashed from 20-1 to 1-4. However, Nottingham Forest  have since appointed Philippe Montanier as head coach on a two-year contract. The question remains whether  Zola will make a return to English football in some management position.

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  • Boleyn Boy says:

    Nice chap but just not cut out to be a coach – probably too nice, if anything 🙁

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