lunedì 9 luglio 2012
Zola and Waftord
Gianfranco Zola has been confirmed as the new manager of Watford following Sean Dyche's sack and takeover by the Pozzo family. For Zola this is the second stint after his previous job with the West Ham, where he was a surprising choice to replace Alan Curbishley and where he had a good team that haven't shown his potential under the Italian manager. Zola’s impact at West Ham was good, as the team played an active 4-3-3 formation, keeping the ball well and showing a good brand of football, before a defensive collapses amid 2008/9 campaign ruined the season. The following season the Hammers avoid relegation but Zola was fired. Now Zola will have another chance at Watford. Watford came from a terrible start last season before some good results started improving the side, making them very hard to beat. Troy Deeney, Michael Kightly and Alex Kacaniklic all provided good display and contributed to a good mid-table end of the season. Zola is regarded as having excellent interpersonal skills, and that could help him to deal with the heavy pressure coming with being the boss at the club. Zola has a preferred system, the 4-3-3 formation and, though he also utilized a 4-4-2, he was criticised at West Ham for his persistence with the 4-3-3 with West Ham struggling to create chances from open play and with the lack of personnel to play it. His overall league record as West Ham manager were of played 80, won 23, drawn 21, lost 36. We will see if he will start from his 4-3-3 again...a key factor of this system is the use of wide players ready to cut inside, close to goal, able to play inside latest thirty yards of the pitch.