Chelsea have appointed Italian, Gianfranco Zola as assistant first team coach. Zola, who played for the club between 1996 and 2003, will join new manager, Maurizio Sarri’s backroom staff. The London club welcomed The former West Ham manager on their twitter page on Wednesday. “Once a Blue, always a Blue! ? ”Gianfranco Zola will join Maurizio Sarri’s backroom team as Assistant first team coach! Welcome home, Gianfranco”! Zola is expected to assist Sarri, who is relatively new in the English game, with his wealth of experience, both as a former English Premier League player and manager. The 52-year-old was coach of West Ham United between 2008 and 2010. The former Italy international was appointed by Watford in 2011, but was sacked the following year. He coached Birmingham City between 2016 and 2017. As a player at the club, Zola played 229 games, scoring 59 goals in seven seasons at Stamford Bridge.