Gianfranco Zola has emerged as the favourite for the vacant managerial position at West Ham after the London club confirmed that Slaven Bilic is not available. Zola and former Italy manager Roberto Donadoni were both being considered for the job, but it now looks as if the former Chelsea legend has got the nod.
Bilic is reported to have been interested in the post, but was unwilling to break his contract with the Croatian national federation. Instead the Hammers have turned to the diminutive Italian who is currently coaching Italy's Under-21 side.
Although he is relatively inexperienced at managerial level, Zola has promised that his team will play the type of exciting, attacking football that the West Ham faithful hold dear. The only obstacle standing in the way of the deal is Newcastle's reported interest in the Italian. It's always nice to be in demand.