Zola appointed as Cagliari’s new coach

The 48-year-old returns to management after resigning from Watford in December 2013, with the Serie A club having won only one of their last 11 league games

Cagliari have appointed Gianfranco Zola as their new head coach following the dismissal of Zdenek Zeman.

The 48-year-old Italian has been out of management for over a year, after resigning as Watford boss in December 2013.

Pierluigi Casiraghi, whose playing career ended at Chelsea after just 15 appearances due to a cruciate ligament injury, has been named as Zola’s assistant.

A statement from Cagliari read: “Both will put their international experience and their winning mentality at the disposal of the club and the team to get the results that all the fans of Cagliari deserve.”

After making 312 appearances for Chelsea, Zola returned to his native Sardinia in 2003 to play for Cagliari before retiring two years later.

The ex-Italy international will now hope to inspire an immediate improvement in the Rossoblu’s fortunes, with Zeman having overseen a run of one win in 11 games before being sacked on Tuesday.