Zola ‘flattered’ by Sunderland links but wants to stay at Watford

FLATTERED ... Zola.
FLATTERED ... Zola.

GIANFRANCO Zola doesn’t want to become Sunderland’s next manager – despite admitting to being ‘flattered’ with being linked to the job.

Zola is among the favourites to succeed Paolo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light after his fellow Italian was dismissed as Black Cats head coach on Sunday night.

The ex-Chelsea striker, who led Watford to the Championship play-offs last season, has a year remaining on his contract at Vicarage Road and has experience of Premier League management after two years in charge of West Ham.

But while Zola is pleased to be linked with Sunderland, he insists he is happy with the Hornets, where he has a strong working relationship with owner Gino Pozzo.

“Of course I am flattered that I have been considered but I am really happy over here and like what I am doing,” Zola told Sky Sports News.

“I think my growth as a manager has been massive and so I want to fulfil this task that I will be here.”