Explaining his decision to walk away from his contract seven months before it was due to expire, Zenga said: "I quit Romania and Romanian football not because of money or any scandals which exist in Romanian football, but because I could not continue as coach and I could not find another job here. I want to be a coach and that's what I will be in Italy."
After arriving at the club in summer 2002, Zenga helped National reach the second round of last season's UEFA Cup and the final of the Romanian Cup, which they lost 1-0 against FC Dinamo Bucuresti. In September this year he became technical director at National, with the coach's role going to Cosmin Olaroiu.
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