LISTEN: Gianfranco Zola opens up over four-month reign as Birmingham boss

first_imgGianfranco Zola has admitted his regret over his short reign as manager of Birmingham City.The Chelsea legend was appointed Blues boss in December 2016, taking over from Gary Rowett, but he lasted just four months in the job before resigning in April.Zola endured a tough ride in charge at St Andrews – recording just two wins from 24 games.The miserable slump of results saw the Blues slide mercilessly down the table from seventh place to just three points above the relegation zone, although Harry Redknapp came in and guided the side to two wins from their last three games of the season to guarantee their safety.Zola joined talkSPORT on Tuesday morning to reflect on his stint at the club, and the Italian said he will take some time out to get over his disappointment before he considers a return to the dugout.Asked if he’s eyeing a return to management soon, he replied: “I don’t know…the last experience was very hard, it affected me a lot.“I went into that job with a lot of passion, with a lot of enthusiasm and obviously the way things went, it was very hard to take.“I went into a difficult situation. I was asked to change a few things, actually I was asked to change a lot of things, but unfortunately for me not everybody wanted things to change, and that wasn’t easy.“It is what it is sometimes. Football is difficult and you have to face the reality. I think in this case I have to take the responsibly that I should have faced the reality a little bit earlier than I did.“Now, I think I will take a little bit of time off to reconsider a lot of things and then I will see if I can face another challenge with the same freshness and with more ideas.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Gianfranco Zola IN FULL above…last_img

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