Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is the new coach of Qatar side Al Arabi.
The ex Italian footballer – who already managed Watford, West Ham and Cagliari- claimed about his new professional adventure:
“I know I’m taking a big gamble by leaving behind offers from Italy and England and taking up a coaching position in Qatar,’ Zola, said to Doha Stadium Plus on Wednesday.
“It’s a calculated risk. I believe in myself, my staff and the Arabi management. I’m not a total stranger to Qatar either. I’ve good knowledge of the Qatar Stars League and its teams. I’ve a feeling we’ll do well.
Zola has struggled in managerial career so far: in England he had no much success with West Ham United and Watford and in Italy he coached Cagliari, who sacked him in March.
“But for me, the real challenge is to improve the quality of local players. It’s key to our ability to win major titles in the long run. Foreign players can only help to a certain extent. My staff is experienced at developing raw talent. We can really make a difference.