Gianfranco Zola: manager uncertainty unhealthy for Chelsea

Former Chelsea player Gianfranco Zola says uncertainty over the manager situation at Chelsea isn’t healthy for the team. Even though the manager’s season ended with an FA Cup win over Manchester United in Wembley, some players and the management look unhappy with him. The team came in the fifth position at the Premier League because of which they missed the qualification spots for the Champions League.

Even though the Italian has a year left in his 3-year contract, sources suggest that it would be cut short. Conte even publicly criticized the transfer policy at the club last season, leading to more speculations about his departure. Lately, winger Willian was also seen involved with Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho and hinted that he could move to the rival club if Conte continues to be the manager. The player was upset about sitting out of the starting lineup in 4 of his 5 FA Cup matches.

Zola, who played for the club between 1996 and 2003 was unsure whether the Italian could continue his job at Chelsea in the next season. While attending the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, he spoke to Sky Sports and said, “It’s very difficult to say. There have been a lot of issues. For me, it’s sad because he’s a manager who has done well. It’s not healthy. The Premier League is such a competitive league, and everything on the inside at a club needs to be spot on.

He seemed certain that Antonio did a great job with the team, further commenting, “It’s a pity, because I repeat, Antonio is a very good manager.” Conte did a good job last season as he won the Premier League season. This year’s performance has everyone asking questions about his position at the club.

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill also wants this controversy to end so the team could move on and focus on the next season. He said, “Probably for the uncertainty to be put to bed and for whatever’s going to happen to happen.” When asked about their performance during the season, he said, “It’s out of our hands. We have to try to deliver on the pitch. We fell short in some aspects this season but (on Saturday) we produced. The rest behind the scenes is not down to us.”

Conte too, was affected by the rumors and speculations about his imminent departure from the team. He spoke in a post-FA Cup final match press conference about his plans and called himself a ‘serial winner’ suggesting that he has achieved a lot in his time as a manager for the blues. The management should think twice about his dismissal from the team.

Cahill isn’t sure about his future with the team, adding, “Us, as players, we don’t have any impact on that situation. I’m sure, if I was a guessing man, they obviously would have spoken, between the club and the manager. And let’s see.”

Such uncertainty over the team’s manager is creating a tensed situation among the players as well. The team’s environment doesn’t look good and the situation, as Cahill approves, must be cleared as soon as possible.

Mathieu Thomas
Mathieu is a diehard Rafael Nadal fan. He is very passionate about covering emerging talents in different sports. When he is not screaming his lung out to support his favorite team, he can seen watching movies and planning his next travel destination.

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