Friday August 14 2020
Zenga: 'Didn't expect Cagliari sack'

Walter Zenga admits he ‘did not expect’ his brief tenure at Cagliari to be over so quickly, but is now looking to Dubai or MLS.

The coach took over from Rolando Maran on March 3, but due to the lockdown, he was unable to sit on the bench for a single game until June 20.

He was sacked after three wins, four draws and six defeats on the Sardinian bench, replaced by Eusebio Di Francesco.

“Every professional choice I have made has been worth it, because I’ve been able to travel the world and meet all sorts of special people,” Zenga said during an Instagram Livestream.

“Trophies are important, but the affection of the fans is much more important. I am disappointed right now because there are so many things I’d like to say, but I have to be ready for the next challenge.

“For many reasons, I did not expect the relationship with Cagliari to be cut so short. There were many things that weren’t clear to me and I think our results were positive.

“After all, in 13 games over the course of 40 days, I only had Radja Nainggolan in two of them, while Joao Pedro was playing with painkillers. We were coming off three months of lockdown and the team hadn’t won in a while before that either.

“It remains a positive experience and I take the lessons from it. In a way, it’s partly my own fault, as I like to sign one-year contracts and that makes it easier for clubs to fire me.”

What is the next step for globe-trotting Zenga?

“I’d like to work in Dubai, as my kids live here. As for MLS, let’s just say I was a pioneer, seeing as I was there in 1997…”

Indeed, the 60-year-old ended his playing career at New England Revolution from 1997-99, while he was also player-manager with the Revs in 1998-99.