Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is the shock favourite to become the new Sheffield Wednesday manager according to The Star.

The Italian’s odds to become the new manager have drastically dropped with previous favourite Chris Hughton having reportedly rejected an approach from the Owls.

Zola was an icon at Chelsea however his managerial experience leaves a lot to be desired. He has enjoyed spells at West Ham United, Watford and Birmingham City but his records haven’t been all too impressive.

He was in charge at Midlands club Birmingham City for just four months and won only two games during his 24 game tenure before his resignation.

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He has also been assistant manager at Chelsea alongside previous boss Maurizio Sarri however he left a couple of weeks ago following the arrival of new boss Frank Lampard.

The 53-year-old is yet to win a trophy as manager at any of the clubs he has been with and whilst at West Ham in his first managerial job he had a win rate of just 28%.

Steve Bruce yesterday handed in his resignation at the Sheffield club as he looks set to join his hometown club Newcastle United.

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There are rumours of other managers in the frame but Hughton doesn’t appear to want to step down to the Championship following his departure from Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

Garry Monk is also another contender after he parted ways with Birmingham City but there is much controversy surrounding him at present which may steer Sheffield Wednesday away from an approach for him.

Should Zola be approached or indeed appointed he would certainly be a gamble as Sheffield Wednesday look to improve on last season’s 12th place finish.


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