Zola Gets the Job
Kia Joorabchian has told Sky Sports that West Ham will make an announcement on Wednesday or Thursday concerning the new West Ham manager,
"They [West Ham] are moving quite fast because they are sensitive to the fact that they want to get someone in. Within 48 to 72 hours you'll probably get some news coming out of them."
However most of tomorrow's newspapers seem to think they don't have to wait until the announcement and claim West Ham have appointed Gianfranco Zola.
So it seems West Ham are set to replace an English manager with huge experience in the English Premier League with an Italian with no experience of club management. I guess only time will tell how risky a gamble that will be.
It certainly seems that West Ham were not able to tempt Bilic or Roberto Mancini and I can't help wondering if that was because the board were unwilling to tempt them with a sizeable transfer kitty. There have also been rumours that Nani has been keen on Zola as he sees him as someone who will not threaten his position at the club.
One thing that does seem certain is that Zola is not the fans' preferred choice. A survey by Kumb of West Ham fans had Zola in last place out of the candidates for the West Ham job with just one per cent of the votes.