Collison: Zola was my best boss

CollisonJack Collison has revealed he felt Gianfranco Zola was the best manager he played under at West Ham.

He said “Zola was fantastic, I think he brought five or six of us through and gave five or six of us our debuts and gave youth a chance.

“For me he was the best person I’ve worked with so far to date – Even the boys that weren’t in the team, he took time out to out his arm around them to try and improve them.”

Zola was an extremely passionate player and he carried that through to his role as a manager, currently out of work following a short spell at Cagliari.

Collison has previously been complimentary of current boss Sam Allardyce, whom he’s described as “a fair manager” but his remarks appear to make the point about the youth development which appears to be lacking under the current managerial regime.


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4 comments on “Collison: Zola was my best boss

  1. Zola, what a guy!

  2. Loved it when he took coffee out to the journos camped outside the gates to his house when he was sacked. Total class.

    How was the coffee Hugh?

  3. Loved the guy…like Mooro another who was alway gracious and…hated swearing

  4. Loved Zola don’t think he got a fair crack to be fair think we would be watching a lot better football if he had been given the money the Fatman has !!!!!

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