Shrewd move by the Hammers and one I hope has the desired effect

Football FanCast guest columnist Lee Ryder has backed Zola's plans to install Upson as captain.

Gianfranco Zola has been a breath of fresh air at West Ham United and I really don't think his efforts and contributions have got the plaudits they deserve away from Upton Park. He gets the odd mention, usual stuff about our style of play, but very rarely noted is the way that he has galvanised the lacklustre squad he inherited and the boldness he has shown by showing faith in the youngsters. Perhaps if he had a bottomless pit of money to spend it would have been different, but the fact he hadn't has seem to work in our favour as the immergence of Collison, Tomkins and Stanislas will testify.

It is a good time to be a West Ham fan and news that the Tevezgate is now at an end means that finally a sorry chapter has been put behind us and we can only look forward as a football club with the slate clean and allow Zola to build a side capable of finishing in the top six every given season; all the ingredients are there, providing he can keep hold of his key players.

I read in the paper this morning that Zola is looking to make Matt Upson captain in the hope that it will tempt him to ignore the advances of Man City and Aston Villa. It is a clever ploy and one that will signify to him his importance at the club and how Zola is determined to build this new exciting era around him. Upson and Green for that matter are vital to our hopes of stepping up to the next level in the League and I hope that Zola is supported by Scott Duxbury, who should really pull out all the stops to ensure that both remain at the club and tied to new deals before the start of the season.

With all the court hearings at an end and the club seemingly on a solid financial footing it is time to look ahead at West Ham and build for the future. Retaining Upson will prove a key part of that process, so we can only hoping that handing him the captaincy will go a long way to achieving that.

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