Search

Zola needs time to build team - Noble

PUBLISHED: 17:14 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG MARK NOBLE has asked West Ham fans to remain patient with new boss Gianfranco Zola after admitting that the Italian s Upton Park revolution could take years to yield positive results. The Hammers slumped to a second successive league de

By JONATHAN CLEGG

MARK NOBLE has asked West Ham fans to remain patient with new boss Gianfranco Zola after admitting that the Italian's Upton Park revolution could take years to yield positive results.

The Hammers slumped to a second successive league defeat at Hull City last weekend and memories of the team's positive start under Zola are rapidly fading.

The West Ham manager has promised to deliver an entertaining brand of attacking football to Upton Park.

But despite dominating possession at the KC Stadium, the Hammers failed to create enough clear-cut chances as Michael Turner's 50th-minute header lifted Hull to third in the Premier League table.

With back-to-back matches against Arsenal and Manchester United up next, the club's supporters have started to question whether Zola's new-look 4-3-3 formation offers the best hope of getting results.

But Hammers midfielder Noble insists the club must keep faith in Zola's methods, despite conceding that the fans could be in for a long wait before the manager realises his vision of a winning West Ham team playing stylish football.

He said: "The new system is working but obviously it's going to be a slow process.

"It's not going to work over a few months, it's going to be a couple of years before he finally gets it going.

"You've just got to keep doing what you're doing, working hard and hopefully that time will come.

"We felt we should have won at Hull. In the first half, especially, the way we played and kept the ball, the way we passed it - we should have won the game and had it wrapped up with the chances we had. But we

didn't and we got punished."

England Under-21 star Noble has had to adapt his own role in the team since Zola replaced Alan Curbishley last month and now operates as part of a three-man midfield alongside Scott Parker and Valon Behrami.

The 21-year-old admits he enjoys the greater freedom to get forward in support of the team's attacking players, but he warned that greater discipline will be required in the upcoming games against two of the Premier League's Big Four.

"I'm really enjoying my role in the new system," Noble said. "Then again, it's only enjoyable if you're winning. We haven't in the last two games so you can't laugh and smile about it.

"We've got 12 points from our opening eight matches and it's not enough. We thought we should have won last week [against Bolton] as well, and again at Hull we felt we should have taken the three points.

"But it hasn't happened and now we've got Arsenal and Man United in the next two games so we've got a big job to try and do our best to get some points out of them.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 11:00

West Ham United will kick-off their preparations for the 2020/21 Premier League season next week by heading to Scotland for a training camp, before returning home to begin a series of pre-season friendlies.

Yesterday, 07:00

Standing up to the stumps, Essex wicketkeeper Adam Wheater has a unique insight into the mysteries of Simon Harmer’s prolific wicket-taking prowess.

Thu, 16:00

West Ham United Women’s captain Gilly Flaherty says Women’s Super League players urged the Football Association to cancel the 2019/20 season due to fears over their professional futures amid the coronavirus pandemic.”

Thu, 14:12

London Lions have snapped one of GB’s fastest rising stars as former Australian Open Champion and BBL Champion, Josh Ward-Hibbert is the latest addition to a squad being built to have impact on the European stage.

Thu, 13:00

West Ham United women’s team have announced a deal that sees Bartercard become the club’s newest official partner.

Thu, 11:02

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton has revealed how impressed he has been with striker Ruel Sotiriou’s attitude since returning to training.

Thu, 09:17

London Lions have acquired point guard Kevin Ware, formerly of the Louisville Cardinals, who’s leg break in the NCAA Final Four was only the beginning of a story of belief and resilience.

Tue, 15:50

Simon Harmer spun his way to match figures of 14-131 as county champions Essex beat Surrey by 169 runs to maintain their 100 per cent win record in the Bob Willis Trophy.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The NHS Test and Trace system provides protection for family, friends, colleagues and the community, and is here to keep all of us safe and allow us to enjoy summer safely. We take a look at how the system is working and talk to one member of the thousands of team members about her experiences.

People are being encouraged to enjoy summer safely by exploring destinations closer to home. Taking a holiday in the United Kingdom offers people the chance to uncover some stunning scenery, wonderful attractions and superb accommodation without having to jump on a plane. Here, we take a look at the type of places you can stay, the rules you need to follow and how to enjoy a great staycation.

Summer is here and people from across the South East region can enjoy the many attractions that we have on our doorstep, as long as we follow UK Government advice and enjoy summer safely. There are plenty of places to go and things to do to suit every budget. Here is our guide to the numerous great days out.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser