Following the recent sacking of Gary Rowett, former coach of Birmingham City, Gianfranco Zola, former Chelsea legend, has been brought on board as a replacement for him.

On Wednesday, the Blues had announced the sacking of Rowett. This was despite Birmingham’s seventh position in the Sky Bet Championship, three points behind Reading, who sit at third place.

The 50-year old signed the contract, which will see him as Birmingham’s boss for no less than two and a half years, unless he is also sacked before the end of his tenure.

His appointment, came on the heels of the new Chinese owners, who made three new boardroom appointments on Monday. The new owners had taken control of the club sometime in October.

A statement issued by the club had read,

“The club is delighted to announce that Gianfranco Zola has been appointed our new manager.” Continue reading

Italy need to Shape Up

Liam Brady says Italian football needs to shape up and there is a lot of work that needs to be put into the team. Brady is the right voice for the team. Having handled midfielder positions for teams like Inter Milan and Juventus, Brady is quick to point out that the upcoming match between Republic of Ireland and Italy might not work well for the latter.

This actually did turn out to be reality hence. It also exposes the state of the football team of Italy and what it needs to do to shape up fast during the upcoming season.

The voices of experts like Liam Brady are needed so that the team can take steps to overcome their weaknesses in time. The start of the Euro 2016 started on a positive note for the Italian team. They lost out to a team like Belgium while the game that they played against Sweden ended in a draw.

The game against Ireland was one that they needed to win in order to increase their chances of getting into the 16 teams of the tournament. Those who have played for Italy can tell that the team is not ready to face an opponent like Ireland. It definitely would be tough for the team to take the loss, but it would certainly help them understand where they stand and where they need to go. A game against the team of Martin O’Neill would help Italy realize the preparations they need for the tournament.

Italy definitely had a fresh start to the tournament. They have not been able to develop their offensive side however, and that has led to their failing this time. However, it would definitely perk up the manager and coach who need to look into the team’s requirements for more wins in the upcoming season.