West Ham unveiled Gianfranco Zola as their new manager yesterday and the Italian was quick to underline his footballing philosophy. 'My philosophy is to play offensive football. I've always played that way because I trust it. It will be quicker for my philosophy to take effect than many people think.'
The former Chelsea player admits that there is a question mark over his lack of experience, but is confident in his ability to succeed thanks to his experience as a player. 'I know I am not the most experienced manager around but I have ideas - I have been in football for 20 years. I know what we're talking about and I will certainly give something to this club - whether it is enough or not we will see.'
The Hammers lost Bobby Zamora, John Paintsil, Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney in the summer, so Zola will have to work with an even smaller squad than was available to former manager Alan Curbishley last year. But the club have promised him funds in January to put his own mark on the team.