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."