Zola to bring laid-back philosophy to Upton Park

September 14, 2008

New West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola insists there will be no teacups flying around the dressing room at Upton Park as he seeks to impress his own laid-back footballing philosophy upon his new squad.

Zola was reknowned for his love of the game during his highly successful playing career at Chelsea and says if he can recreate that passion in his new role the Hammers will be heading for success.

Zola told Sportsweek: "I believe you can get the best out of people by getting their respect for what you do, and I think this a good way to get the best out of everybody.

"There may be things that can go wrong but I'm only focusing on positive things. My first target will be to establish positive thinking. In football as in life you have to stay positive and think only of the good things that can happen to you."

Zola was in the stands at The Hawthorns yesterday to watch his new side narrowly beaten 3-2 by West Brom, for the first time since agreeing to replace Alan Curbishley as boss.

Zola added: "I think they played a very good first half after having a bad start. In the second half they lacked a bit of physical condition but were very unlucky to lose to the final goal.

"The game is changing a little but what I liked yesterday was that the spirit is still there. Teams want to win all the time and they play open football and that is good for the crowd.

"It was not an easy decision. It came out of the blue and I had to consider many things. But it is a great job and a great opportunity for me and I am very pleased to be here."