Former Italy forward Gianfranco Zola said he has taken a gamble in turning down management offers from England and at home to take charge of Qatari side Al Arabi.
The former Chelsea, Napoli and Parma playmaker signed a two-year deal with the seven-times Qatari champions on Tuesday, bringing with him another former Italian forward Pierluigi Casiraghi to assist.
“I know I’m taking a big gamble by leaving behind offers from Italy and England and taking up a coaching position in Qatar,” Zola, who was most recently working as a television pundit in Qatar, said yesterday.
“It’s a calculated risk. I believe in myself, my staff and the Arabi management. I’m not a total stranger to Qatar either. I’ve good knowledge of the Qatar Stars League and its teams. I’ve a feeling we’ll do well.”
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