Zola is the heir to Greenwood and Lyall: Brooking
By Ho Lee Smoke
Friday 12 Jun 2009 13:14:00
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Gianfranco Zola has returned West Ham to their pure football roots according to a man who should know: Sir Trevor Brooking.

After making more than 600 appearances for the club in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s the classy midfielder knows better than most what Ron Greenwood and John Lyall brough to the club in terms of football style, but Sir Trev reckons Zola's got that too.

And he had words of praise for long-suffering Hammers fans. Article continues below

"Gianfranco Zola has got the side passing quite well this year, which is good. We've always had that style of football and you've got to give a lot of credit for that to Ron Greenwood and John Lyall," he told wharf.co.uk.

"For the last 40 years West Ham have been known as a good footballing team and Gianfranco has kept that philosophy.

"They can beat anyone on their day but they can lose to anyone as well, which makes the experience of being a West Ham fan a little bit harder.

"They are demanding at times but they are also very protective if anyone criticises their team. They've had a pretty traumatic time with all the Tevez and the Icelandic bank stuff, so the support this year, 34,000 turning up for home games, has been great.

"It is unique but you mustn't take it for granted. You've got to give them the football they deserve, but it's a very strong, loyal, passionate support."

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