Manager Gianfranco Zola has been sacked from his job by Italian Serie A club Cagliari after the team continues to struggle this season. The squad is currently in 18th place in the 20-league team with just 20 points after 26 matches. Cagliari has four wins, eight draws and 14 losses with 32 goals scored and 49 allowed. They’re in danger of being relegated if they don’t improve and that’s what prompted the firing of the former Italian international midfielder Zola.

The club released a brief announcement regarding the decision which said, “Cagliari announces the dismissal of Gianfranco Zola and his staff from the first team.”  Zola was hired just before Christmas to take over the reins from Zdenek Zeman, who was also sacked. Zola, who starred for English Premier League side Chelsea as a player, was in charge for just 10 league contests since taking over and lost six of them. He managed to win just two games and also had to draws.

Reports out of Italy suggest that Cagliari is thinking about re-hiring former boss Zeman for the rest of the 2015/15 campaign as they desperately try to dig themselves out of the league’s relegation zone. They’re presently four points behind 17th-place Atalanta. The Sardinia-based club seemed to be a good fit for Zola since he was born there, and played there after leaving Chelsea, but things obviously haven’t worked out very well for him and the team.

The statement released by Cagliari also said, “The decision was not an easy one given the greatness of a man who has written unforgettable pages in the history of Cagliari and who has represented Sardinia with prestige on the international stage. We would like to thank him and his staff for dedicating themselves to the job in a professional and passionate manner and wish them all the best for the future.”

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