Football FanCast guest columnist Jim Monroe feels that Zola should sacrifice his principals in order to get points on the board.
I have a huge amount of respect for Gianfranco Zola, his achievements in the game as a player and the sterling work he put in as a manager during his first season at the club. There is no doubt in my mind that in time he will become a top class football manager, but only if he learns to sacrifice his principals.
Zola was extremely bullish today in claiming that he would rather change his job than change his style of play and why that is all very commendable, he needs to realise what it takes to succeed in the English game. As a West Ham fan you don't have to tell me how important it is to see beautiful attacking football, but it is important you find that balance and be prepared to play ugly when need be to get the job done. There is a time and place for it and that is what ultimately proves the difference between the top sides and everyone else.
Zola should look no further at the man in the opposite dug-out tomorrow, who has managed to find this balance throughout his tenure and for every champagne performance that Arsenal produced, there are always the battling 1-0 wins to complement them. Why I totally respect Zola's hope of playing our way out of trouble, we have to accept that to get points on the board that we have to perhaps roll up our sleeves and be prepared to battle first and then produce the free flowing stuff later, I mean how many teams have we seen over the years who have decided to stick by their principals and end up getting relegated as a result?
I hope Zola gets the hint sooner rather than later and why we like seeing the football that is played; I think the majority of supporters would happily see scrappy performances for the time being, if it meant getting some points on the board. It doesn't make him any less of manager; in fact it enriches him, as it shows the diversity you need to be a top class manager. The likes of Wenger, Ferguson and Capello can set their teams up for a fight when the occasion dictates and it is a trait that Zola really needs to learn to adopt.