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Zola stands by attacking philosophy

Gianfranco Zola has vowed to succeed with his 'attacking philosophy or quit' as he bids to take Watford into the Premier League.

Though only appointed last summer, during which his squad was flooded with new players, Zola, 46, has quickly found a spectacular winning blend. His team currently fill the final play-off spot in the Championship, and only the top two, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace, have scored more goals. Zola insists if promotion is to be secured, it will not be on the back of grinding out results.

"My desire is to teach the team to attack more than defend. We try to play in a way that the players enjoy, that they have fun with the ball," Zola told France Football. "I'm not in football for the money. If I don't succeed with my attacking philosophy, I would prefer to do something else, coaching youngsters for example."

A breathtaking player himself, Zola's belief in his eye-catching philosophy was bolstered as he picked up tips during a five-day stay with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona last season. Zola has already shown signs he has learned from a mediocre first spell in the dug-out at West Ham United, and he believes Vicarage Road is a stage on which his management skills can flourish.

"This year we're working a lot on getting to know the second division better, learning and improving. Next season we'll see if we can do more," said Zola, who signed a two-year contract last July. "The project put in place here by the Pozzo family is one which I like I lot. I know just how serious the family is. It's the ideal place for me to grow as a coach.

"My dream is to become a good coach, one who could also coach a team like Chelsea."

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