columnist Rob Facey wonders how West Ham are going to emerge
from their slump in form and asks whether Gianfranco Zola has what it takes to
save the Hammers?
Gianfranco Zola is a popular figure in the Premier League,
but fans will now be questioning the wisdom of appointing the former Italy star
as West Ham boss after his side slumped to yet another defeat last night.
It was their fourth loss in a row and they capitulated without
much of a fight. Despite their last two defeats being inflicted by Arsenal and
Man United, fans will be worried that their side will become involved in a
relegation battle that they will not be able to survive.
Their financial situation has been well documented but it
does mean that their activity in January will be limited, so what can Zola do
about the situation?
They got rolled over at Old Trafford last night without much
of a fight; does their manager have what it takes to guide his side to safety?
"It is very important for us to pick something up
on Saturday and stop this losing run," said
Zola after the game, as reported on Sky
"I have total belief in the players. I have so
much faith in their quality and I am sure they will soon get over this bad
have faith but it will take more than this to stop the rot setting in at Upton
Park. After a steady start, West Ham are now 11th, but only six
points separate them from bottom of the table Spurs.
He has inherited a talented squad, but we all know that this
does not mean teams are exempt from relegation – especially in the case of West
What can Zola do to rejuvenate his tiring squad? They don't
look up for the fight and replacements look unlikely to emerge come January. Do
these players have what it takes to keep them up and what should be their aim