Monday, December 15, 2008

Hurst Says Zola Lacks Experience

West Ham legend Geoff Hurst says that Gianfranco Zola lacks experience as a manager and worries if is equipped for relegation dogfight,
"I admire him as a fantastic player, one of the best, if not the best that we've had in the Premier League. But my overall view is that if you go in to the position of a manager in a major business or football club you have to have some experience," Hurst told The Guardian.

"Capello managed under-16s and under-19s in Italy. He took six years to do that, learning his trade. Now at the top end you have people like Harry Redknapp who is over 60 years of age when you're probably at your best.

"You need to have that experience in the game and for people to come from where Gianfranco has come from, managing the Italian under-21 side, it doesn't really equip him to be in a dogfight at the bottom end of the Premier League."

"We've got the January transfer window coming up and there's a big concern on whether we're going to sell our best players." "It's a hell of a prediction before Christmas but you're looking at five clubs [in the relegation battle] West Brom, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, Stoke City and ourselves, any three from those five.

"I think Sunderland will get out of it, I think Spurs will get out of it and even though Manchester City are down there, I think they will get out of it. It's going to be a dogfight right to the end of the season, I don't think there's any question about that."


At 9:34 PM, Blogger Simon said...

did he say this AFTER our performance against chelsea? because the commitment and all round tactics and playing but my worries of relegation battles to rest. as long as we dont sell our first team players, i can see us climbing up the table with the run of fixtures we have

cheers for the confident boost sir geoff :P

At 1:07 AM, Blogger Paul said...

"...there's no doubt about that..." I suppose we just pack our bags then. Hurst is a great man, but hopefully a little pessimistic. We have Villa next. Not easy, but then it's Stoke and Portsmouth...we should get something. If I were a Sunderland fan, I'd be very worried. 3 clubs going down: Stoke, WBA and Sunderland. We're maturing nicely as a side. I can see us climbing steadily back up to a respectable mid table position. The table is so tight (6 points) from us on up to about seventh...and we've just played Liverpool and Chelsea away...our tough fixtures are over for a while...

At 3:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When were just 3 points from 9th, I don't think we'll get relegated. It may have taken some time but lately the players have been responding well to Zola's tactics, and if we start scoring some more and keep up this impressive defence display then I don't see why we can't be easily in the top half by the end of the season.

At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Matt said...

Thing is lads, i remember us saying the say same thing after the liverpool match where we played a big club, played well and got a draw. No1 could see us going down after that performance. Yet a week or so later 2-0 to the Sp*rs. so i have to agree with Hurst, we might well be in a relegation battle unless we can start performing like that week in week out and mostimportantly, start scoring and start winning!!!

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not Zola's fault that Carlton Cole serves no other purpose besides a battering ram and flicking the ball on to the opposition keeper.

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But my overall view is that if you go in to the position of a manager in a major business or football club you have to have some experience,"

So how do you get experience Geoff? Why do people still give this guy coverage. He's always had his head so far up his own backside that it's clouded his judgement; living off a goal that never was.

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Chris/NYC said...

and it's not Zola's fault either that he inherited a thug in the squad.


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