Poor Gianfranco, he may be the best player ever to pull on a pair of boots for Chelsea, but they don't rate him as a coach or a manager it appears. After cutting his managerial teeth at the cheap end of town, Zola might have expected a call to help out 33 year old pup Villas-Boas in a little big brother role, but despite Franco's legendary status at the club, the more workmanlike Di Matteo has been preferred instead.
Zola fans, who seek to excuse their man for any responsibility for our accelerated demise from a top 10 Premiership club to a N Power super power, may struggle to explain why a man sacked by West Brom is deemed a more appropriate appointment than their darling. After all, Zola is meant to be a fantastic coach if you listen to his supporters and he has so many friends inside Chelsea.
Could it be that the guy is crap in a managerial capacity after all? That might perhaps explain why nobody has appointed him since he departed Upton Park more than 12 months ago now.