Gianfranco Zola

Former Italy and Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola has been sacked as coach of Qatari side Al-Arabi.

Zola leaves the club after just one season in charge and appears to have paid the price for Al-Arabi’s poor league form.

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The Italian, who turns 50 next week, finished eighth in the 14-team league, exactly the same position and with the same number of points, 35, as the previous season.

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Zola will be replaced by veteran Uruguayan coach, Gerardo Pelusso, who will become the Doha-based club’s 13th coach in just the past six years.

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