West Ham musings by Pete May, author of Hammers in the Heart, West Ham:Irons in the Soul and Flying So High:West Ham's Cup Finals.
Sunday, July 8
His name is Zola he comes from Italy…
Good luck to Gianfranco Zola at Watford. It's hard to dislike the little Italian and after the experience of Avram Grant, it's extraordinary to think that he was dismissed for keeping us up and replaced by a man whose side had just been relegated. He's a good coach and got the best out of Carlton Cole, but the big question mark has always been can he buy and sell players, as that was handled by Nani in Zola's WHU days, though David Sullivan claims that it was Zola who wanted to buy Big Fat Bennie McCarthy. Will be interesting to see how Franco copes among the physical sides in the Championship.