Pintus set to leave
Antonio Pintus and Steve Clarke were part of a coaching triumvirate at West Ham, although it is he, rather than the Scot, who is closest to Zola. Pintus has now told friends that he thinks it’s best to move on and that he expects Zola to do so too.
The trio worked together at Chelsea and Zola stipulated, when taking the West Ham job, that fellow Italian Pintus – who has also previously been employed by Juve – be recruited along with Clarke. It remains to be seen if Pintus will be joined at the Italian club by Rafael Benítez.
Meanwhile another one of the complaints voiced by new owners – who remain adamant they have an open mind over Zola’s future – about their manager is that he does not go to watch his team’s opponents often enough and relies on others to do his scouting for him.