Football FanCast guest columnist Joe Rimmer is delighted to see that Gianfranco Zola has finally woke up and smelt the coffee.
As much as we all love Gianfranco Zola and believe that in time he will become a great manager for West Ham United, I reckon we have all felt that he was perhaps just a little too nice.
Zola is a manager who rules by reputation and players are certainly going to look up to a man who was a highly skilled footballer and whose reputation most certainly goes before him. However that can only get you so far in this game and unfortunately you have to toughen up at times to show players you won't be walked over.
Fortunately it appears that Gianfranco has finally woken up to this essential ingredient and conceded that there can no longer be ‘Mr Nice Guy' and some harsh words need to be said. I'm glad to hear it if I am honest because I think all season he has been let down by certain players, who have failed to show the heart and desire that is required by the supporters and have coasted their way through games. Last Monday's first half performance against Manchester City was absolutely pitiful and the worst 45mins under Zola's stewardship.
I'm glad that Zola has spoken out and in a way it reflects a bit of honesty on his part that he has perhaps let the players get their own way for too long and it is time to put a stop to it. Unfortunately it appears that the current crop of West Ham players don't respond to the softly, softly approach and clearly need a few tea cups thrown or the odd rocket up them to get them going – let's hope Zola and Clarke will now oblige, so we can start witnessing some decent performances, get some points on the board and start climbing this table.
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