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West Ham boss Zola won't sway from principles

PUBLISHED: 12:10 11 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:35 05 October 2010

West Ham's Italian manager Gianfranco Zola before the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park in East London, England, on January 30, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Glyn Kirk  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional license required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

West Ham's Italian manager Gianfranco Zola before the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park in East London, England, on January 30, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Glyn Kirk FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional license required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

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West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is adamant he won't sway from his principles after new owners David Gold and David Sullivan accused the Italian of being too nice

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is adamant he won't sway from his principles after new owners David Gold and David Sullivan accused the Italian of being too nice.

The Hammers supremo is well known for his positive approach and rarely criticises his players leading calls from his bosses to get tough.

"I am what I am and I believe in what I do and I think we can produce good results.

"I don't understand this," he said. "I stick to my philosophy and this won't change it.

"I've answered this question so many times. Do I have to be horrible to do the job?

"I can be horrible if you want. I don't understand this. Everybody has their own way of doing things.

"If I did my job a different way I would be a failure. I am what I am. I believe in what I do.

"I stick to my philosophy and this won't change it. If I was asked to do something different, I would prefer to do something else.

"I respect the owners. They are different from me. But I've got principles. I'm not going to let anyone walk on my principles."

And Zola pulled no punches in his desire to stay at the club.

"I am too connected and tied up to the players. I have a relationship with them and the supporters," he said.

"I don't like to leave situations unfinished but I am a person with principles and I won't allow anybody to walk over my principles or my person. I hope that gives you an idea.

"Would I walk away from this job? No. I have a relationship with the players and the supporters and I don't want to leave situations unfinished.

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