Vialli hails Zola appointment

PUBLISHED: 14:23 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:38 05 October 2010

Gianluca Vialli has backed his friend and former team-mate Gianfranco Zola to be a success at Upton Park.

Gianluca Vialli has backed his friend and former team-mate Gianfranco Zola to be a success at Upton Park.

Ex-Italy Under-21 coach Zola faces a daunting role in taking on club management for the first time in his career.

But Vialli, who managed Zola at Chelsea and played in the same Italy team, said he has what it takes to thrill the West Ham faithful.

"I think he has made the right decision. He definitely wants to see his team play nice, offensive football and he will have a good relationship with the players. His man-management will be very strong," he told the Advertiser.

"It's true he has little experience but he will learn as he progresses and I think it is a good choice for West Ham.

"It is difficult to go from being a player to a coach and he will need a bit of luck but he has the skill to handle it."

Vialli admitted he was surprised Zola had taken the Upton Park job, but rejected the idea his Blues history would harm his chances.

"I thought his relationship with [Under-21 boss Pierluigi] Casiraghi was strong and he wanted to see the job through to the finals, and of course there is the connection with Chelsea," said Vialli.

"But I don't think that will be a problem - he has made a very good decision.

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