Sam, you needed some Zola passion


By Richard Oses

Founder of Bubbles Fanzine @https://www.facebook.com/bubblesfanzine?fref=ts

The views expressed here are solely those of the blogger and are not necessarily shared by ClaretandHughΒ 

gianfranco_zola_1388129cGianfranco Zola spoke out today as to why Sam Allardyce has had so many issues as West Ham manager during an interview with Talk Sport and reported on this site earlier today.

He highlighted what we all know, that Allardyce’s style of football and recent results have not been what most want or require.

It got me thinking about the little Italian’s spell on the West Ham touchline and how liked he was by the fans.

The results were bad, it was definitely the wrong Boleyn time for the Italian and we came too close to relegation for comfort. However I don’t recall such dissent from the fans towards him as the big one has received. In fact I think he was quite liked.

I remember how highly Jack Collison spoke of him when I interviewed him recently. He was in awe to train and play for such a legend. The likes of Jack and Diamanti were taken under Zola’s wing and nurtured by him.

He is a caring, kind and very clever football man. He’s half way there on those points alone! Not to mention the attractive football he had the team playing. And who can forget him taking coffees to the journalists waiting outside his house trying to grab interviews.

For all of that he is of course nowhere near ready to take on such a project as West Ham right now, no more so than he was back then. He will need to have some decent experience under his belt for quite a few years first.

However, his passion and character is something that I wish could be bottled and poured down Sam’s throat by the gallon full.

Seeing as that cannot be done, I hope that whoever we do have as our next manager will lead us to where we deserve to be, but if and when the time is right, be it in five years time or more, Zola is my number one choice. The guy is a legend.

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  • Rads says:

    Cant disagree,i loved the guy when he was at the club.A proper gent & certainly not one to go looking for self-adulation in the press like the current incumbent.The man is tiny but a giant in my opinion,even if he did play for Chelski.Because he was a good guy,in the main he over came that with we fans.I just wonder if him being such a nice guy maybe hinders his management when it comes to making tough decisions or disappointing players.Dont know for sure though,never been in that position with him πŸ˜‰

  • mattefumi is waiting for 24 May says:

    First of all BFS needs a brain, then maybe he can open his mouth.
    And please stop with all these congratulations made by some of those so called “experts”…
    This so called manager after 20 years of “long and distinguished career” hasn’t actually (and it will never happen) won anything.
    And the worst part is that he thinks to be a sophisticated manager… poor Sam.


  • ChelmoHammer says:

    I remember when he was sack and how gutted I actually felt. Results were bad but couldn’t help but like Zola, 100% agree top bloke.

  • bubs says:

    We need a person that can be a cross between Zola and De Canio what about that 2 Daves
    A joint venture of passion,it’s both controlling each other,

  • mattefumi is waiting for 24 May says:

    Agree bubs: passion and charisma of Di Canio, intelligence and diplomacy of Zola. The perfect manager: Zolanio. lol πŸ˜‰

  • Rads says:

    What do we want two bloody italians at the club for? Dodgy race of people i believe Matte,lol πŸ˜€

  • mattefumi is waiting for 24 May says:

    Ahaah … I had not thought about that Rads… While we are at it the culinary skills of Antonio Carluccio too… Ahaha

  • TysonM says:

    Agreed Rads,if we had those two Italians at the club Matt would be phoning them everyday trying to get a job,lol,but yeah Zola was great,i was sad it never worked out for him.Proper type of guy πŸ˜‰

  • Stuck On 99 Forever! says:

    Yes,i agree with you all lads,true gent & i was gutted when he went.His humble character is exactly the opposite of Hippo,he is a good man.I met him once & he is all you imagine him to be,a real gentleman.

  • Stuck On 99 Forever! says:

    Mind you,he didnt know i was a rabies filled dog,if he did maybe he wouldnt have been so much of a gentleman,lol

  • Quickdraw says:

    “However, his passion and character is something that I wish could be bottled and poured down Sam’s throat by the gallon full” Good in theory but the fat man only likes his golden syrup and melted lard mix poured down his conceited throat.
    I loved Zola he had all the rights ideas and unlike the genius not an ounce of arrogance, sadly it just never worked out for him and when it didn’t he showed nothing but dignity.
    As for BFS his final whistle at St James Park can’t come soon enough,only 15,540 minutes of pain left.
    Keep the faith COYI

  • TysonM says:

    Haha,love it,every day the time looks better & better.Just hope it is the last time i see Hippo in the home dugout.What a joy that will be as i see him lumber off down the tunnel for the last time as our manager.Fingers crossed nothing goes pear shaped πŸ˜‰

  • mattefumi is waiting for 24 May says:

    Ahaha… Quick I missed Your countdown Yesterday… Lol β€ŽI didn’t know if it was night or day… You’re our Big Bang. πŸ™‚

  • Rads says:

    Big Bang or Big Ben? πŸ˜€

  • mattefumi is waiting for 24 May says:

    Ahah… Both… When that day Will come… It Will be Like a big bang… Lol

  • Rads says:

    Haha,i prefer big bangs with the figa,not anything to do with Hippohead πŸ˜€

  • Quickdraw says:

    Bong! Sam Allardyce is relieved of his duties at West Ham
    Bong! Job offers flood in for the tactical genius
    Bong! Being a well known lover of food he accepts a job in Italy
    Bong! Sam arrives at the newly named Sam Siro for his first day at work

    • mattefumi is waiting for 24 May says:

      Ahahah… Sam Siro it’s fantastic! I would plant a bomb… Lol

      • Quickdraw says:

        I wouldn’t blame you. Mind you it would spoil a great stadium I was over there 10 years ago 12 Euro for a seat and in with the boys with loudhailers, had a great night

  • Twinkle Toes Nolan says:

    Come back Gianfranco,we need you,well we need anybody rather than Fatty.Top man Zola,real bloke,makes hippohead look what he is an egotistical,excuse making *****.

  • StingRay Stewart says:

    Pass me the Bong,lol πŸ˜‰

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