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Gianfranco Zola 2008 - 2010

Player Debuts

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Jan Lastuvka (loan)

Walter Lopez

Diego Tristan

Savio Nsereko

Radoslav Kovac

Junior Stanislas

Josh Payne

Watford

Watford

Tottenham Hotspur - Sub 83 mins

Hull City - Sub 86 mins

Middlesbrough

West Bromwich Albion - Sub 68 mins

Blackburn Rovers - Sub 90 + 2 mins

23rd September 2008

23rd September 2008

8th December 2008

28th January 2009

1st March 2009

16th March 2009

21st March 2009

Vicarage Road

Vicarage Road

Upton Park

Upton Park

Riverside Stadium

Upton Park

Ewood Park

Carling Cup

Carling Cup

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League

FA Cup

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League

2008-09 Season : Gianfranco Zola replaces Alan Curbishley 11th September 2008

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Luis Jimenez (loan)

Frank Nouble

Alessandro Diamanti

Manuel da Costa

Bondz N'Gala

Guillermo Franco

Peter Kurucz

Fabio Daprela

Anthony Edgar

Benni McCarthy

Mido (loan)

Araujo Ilan

Jordan Spence

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers - Sub 90 mins

Wigan Athletic

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers - Sub 63 mins

Stoke City - Sub 89 mins

Manchester United - Sub 73 mins

Arsenal

Arsenal - Sub 87 mins

Burnley

Burnley - Sub 46 mins

Burnley - Sub 77 mins

Manchester City - Sub 87 mins

15th August 2009

15th August 2009

12th September 2009

22nd September 2009

22nd September 2009

17th October 2009

6th December 2009

3rd January 2010

3rd January 2010

6th February 2010

6th February 2010

6th February 2010

9th May 2010

Molineux

Molineux

DW Stadium

Reebok Stadium

Reebok Stadium

Britannia Stadium

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Turf Moor

Turf Moor

Turf Moor

Upton Park

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League

Carling Cup

Carling Cup

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League

FA Cup

FA Cup

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League

2009-10 Season : Gianfranco Zola

Appointed Manager - 11th September 2008

 

Overall League Record:

P:80   W:23   D:21   L:36   F:91   A:103

Gianfranco Zola was born on the 5th July 1966 in Oliena, Sardinia, Italy. He spent the first decade of his playing career in Italy. Signed his first professional contract with Sardinian team Nuorese in 1984 recording 31 appearances and 10 goals. In 1987 he moved on to Torres (88 appearances and 21 goals). Three years later he signed for Napoli in Serie A (105 appearances and 32 goals). After leaving Napoli he joined fellow Serie A side Parma. Member of the side that won the UEFA Cup and were runners-up in Serie A and the Italian Cup in 1995. It was with the blue and yellow club that he cemented his reputation as a creative player. However, new coach Carlo Ancelotti came to see Zola as a "square peg" unable to fit into his rigid system. Zola was played out of position and ultimately made available for transfer. In November 1996, Zola joined Chelsea for £4.5m as one of several continental players signed by Ruud Gullit. He was a key player in Chelsea's resurgence that season, helping them win the FA Cup with a 2–0 win over Middlesbrough at Wembley. At the end of that season he was voted FWA Player of the Year, the only player ever to win the accolade without playing a full season in the English league. In 1997-98 he helped Chelsea win three more trophies, the League Cup, the Cup Winners' Cup and the Super Cup. When Chelsea made their first appearance in the UEFA Champions League in 1999-00, Zola was a key player throughout, although he found his chances in the league more limited, owing to manager Gianluca Vialli's squad rotation policy. His later years with Chelsea saw his appearances restricted by the new strike pairing of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnsen. In the summer of 2003, amid rumors of an impending takeover at Chelsea, Zola left Stamford Bridge to join Cagliari, the most important club from his native Sardinia. In November 2004, he was awarded an OBE - Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire in a special ceremony in Rome. He retired from playing in June 2005. In 2006, Zola started his coaching career, being appointed as assistant to Italy's national Under-21 football team where he helped them gain a spot at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where they reached the quarter-finals before being defeated 3–2 by Belgium. On the 11th September 2008, Zola agreed a three-year contract to manage West Ham United, replacing Alan Curbishley, who resigned following differences with the board. After guiding the Hammers to a respectable ninth place in his first season, the Italian endured a torturous second campaign as West Ham had a poor season which saw them in a relegation battle for most of it. They secured their survival after beating Wigan 3–2, with two games left and other results going their way. They only managed to take 35 points out of 38 games, 7 less than when they last got relegated. On 11 May 2010, two days after the end of the 2009–10 season, West Ham announced the termination of Zola's contract with immediate effect

ZOLA Gianfranco H&S ZOLA Gianfranco to Steve Player Debuts : Grant Player Debuts : Curbishley