Zola: Chelsea is the past, West Ham is my future

Gianfranco Zola is widely expected to take over as West Ham manager this week with the Italian’s charm, playing reputation and promise to deliver entertaining football a winner over other candidates.

Zola, Speaking to the Daily Mail:

“I only know one way to play: on the floor, attacking football, the way things should be done. I want to excite people, that is why we play isn’t it?

The Under-21s play the way football should be played. I try to put a smile on their faces and I can tell you they put a smile on mine with the way they play.”

What I want to know is, will West Ham fans smile when their players fail to ‘play’ the ball out of defence and concede a silly goal?

“I know there is a rivalry between Chelsea and West Ham, but that is not a problem. My playing career is my past.

This is a new adventure for me. I spent seven years at Chelsea and they were seven of the best years of my career, I loved playing there but the fans must understand that I have a new career now and my playing career is in the past.

The temptation to manage in England is too much, I love London, I love the lifestyle. Whenever I think of London, it has good memories.”

Zola made his reputation in English football at Chelsea – can he forge his managerial reputation at West Ham and get them playing winning, entertaining football?

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  1. klkl 10 September, 2008
  2. Ahmed Bilal 10 September, 2008