Chelsea news: Italian website claims Gianfranco Zola could replace Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea news: Italian website claims Gianfranco Zola could replace Maurizio Sarri

Blues boss Sarri is under huge pressure after his side were thumped 6-0 by Manchester City on Sunday - a defeat that leaves them sixth in the Premi

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Blues boss Sarri is under huge pressure after his side were thumped 6-0 by Manchester City on Sunday – a defeat that leaves them sixth in the Premier League table.

Some fans are now calling for the Italian to be sacked after only six months in charge.

And Italian website Sport Mediaset claims former Chelsea attacker Zola might be given the reins until the end of the season if they do decide to wield the axe.

Chelsea have seen how replacing a big-name manager with a former player can have a positive effect after witnessing Manchester United’s resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskajer.

Since Solskajer took charge in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December last year, United have won 10 and drawn one of their 11 games under his guidance.

As a result, United have replaced Chelsea in the top four and are now big favourites to qualify for next season’s Champions League ahead of them.

Like Solskjaer, Zola has first-team managerial experience but has struggled in his previous jobs.

He won only 23 of his 83 matches in charge of West Ham between 2008 and 2010. The Italian enjoyed a more successful time at Watford but lasted only 18 months and his most recent job at Birmingham ended after just four months and two victories in 24 matches.

However, Chelsea are desperate to turn the tide and Zola could be given the task of giving the players a much-needed lift.

Sarri has previously claimed he is struggling to motivate his group of players and was unable to explain the thumping defeat by City.

He also admitted to being under pressure and conceded that owner Roman Abramovich might be considering letting him go.

Speaking after the match, Sarri said: “It was good during training and the technical meeting and the warm-up.

“The goal after three minutes made it very difficult to play against these opponents, who played fantastic football.

“The motivation today was good. We were not able to stay in the match and react later.”

On Abramovich, he added: “If the President calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him.

“I don’t know [if there will be talks]. Not at the moment.

“But I think that will happen, it’s normal. It’s something that we need to do.”

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