Birmingham City keen to open talks with Gianfranco Zolaby Jack Kitson / 14 December 2016, 15:03Tweet
Birmingham City are keen to open talks with Gianfranco Zola, according to Sky Sports News.
Earlier this afternoon (Wednesday) the Blues stunned their supporters by sacking Gary Rowett, seemingly out of the blue.
Who should replace Gary Rowett at Birmingham City? (comment for other) #BCFC— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) December 14, 2016
Nigel Pearson was instantly installed as the favourite in the betting, but Zola quickly replaced him at the top of the market, and now the Italian can be found as short as 1/8 to replace Rowett at St Andrews.
...however, Zola isn't proving to be a very popular pick in our poll (see above), with Sam Allardyce leading the way at the time of writing.
The Chelsea legend began his managerial career with West Ham in September 2008, finishing the season in 9th, but the club struggled during the following campaign, coming 17th, with Zola losing his job just two days after.
Zola returned to the dugout with Watford in 2012, leading the Hornets to a 3rd-place finish in the Championship, only to agonisingly miss out on promotion to the Premier League after losing to Crystal Palace in the play-off finals.
Zola departed the club four months into the 2013/14 season, and a year later took charge of Italian outfit Cagliari, with whom he ended his playing career.
Zola spent just 10 games at the helm, but returned to management a few months later with Al-Arabi SC, but has been out of the managerial arena since June 2016.