SSC Napoli v FC Crotone - Serie A
NAPLES, ITALY - MAY 20: Maurizio Sarri coach of SSC Napoli gestures during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and FC Crotone at Stadio San Paolo on May 20, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Gianfranco Zola is expected to become Chelsea’s new assistant manager, according to Sky Sports.

Maurizio Sarri has agreed to a deal to become the new Chelsea boss after Antonio Conte was relieved of his duties earlier today.

The former Italy boss was sacked by Chelsea after a somewhat disappointing 2017-18 season in which the blues finished 5th on the Premier League table and won the FA Cup trophy at the end of May.

Sarri is expected to take over from Conte as early as this weekend as the new manager at Stamford Bridge, and former Blues player Gianfranco Zola is expected to become his number two.

Zola played for Chelsea before the Roman Abramovich era began and he was voted the club’s greatest ever player back in 2003.

The former Watford manager has been linked with a coaching role at Chelsea all summer and its look like the Italian gaffer would be getting the assistant manager role alongside fellow Italian Sarri.

There have been speculation regarding Sarri’s future with many expecting him to take over from Conte especially after the turned down the job offer from Zenit St. Petersburg for their vacant managerial position.

Sarri who was relieved of his duties as head coach of Napoli but still contracted to the Italian club had to find a way to wriggle out of his contract in Naples to become the new Chelsea boss.

Zola would be hoping he and Sarri can lead the club back into a new era of success.