Gianfranco Zola becomes first external candidate to confirm interest in Norwich City vacancy

Former Norwich City manager Chris Hughton and then-Watford boss Gianfranco Zola (left) during their sides' Capital One Cup tie at Vicarage Road last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Former Norwich City manager Chris Hughton and then-Watford boss Gianfranco Zola (left) during their sides' Capital One Cup tie at Vicarage Road last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
3:13 PM

Former Watford and West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has described his chances of becoming Norwich City’s new manager as “a possibility”.

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The Canaries are looking for a new boss to take over the reins permanently from Chris Hughton following their Premier League relegation last season.

Asked about the opening at Carrow Road, Zola said: “It’s a possibility – it’s a very good club. I like the way it’s structured. It’s a good possibility, so we will see how it goes.

“I’m looking for a team. It’s been a few months but I’m ready to go again.”

It is understood Zola is one of the candidates the City board has spoken to about becoming manager, along with former Cardiff boss and City player Malky Mackay, and last season’s interim manager Neil Adams.

City had originally said a decision would be announced by the end of last week – however, that was extended on Monday as City chief executive David McNally said the ongoing process would take a few more days to complete.

Legendary Italy player Zola, 47, managed West Ham for almost two seasons in the Premier League between 2008 and 2010 before being dismissed.

His 18 months in charge at Championship side Watford from 2012 saw Zola lead the Hornets to the brink of the Premier League – only to lose their play-off final to a late Kevin Phillips penalty for Crystal Palace, in extra-time at Wembley.

Zola’s playing career included Chelsea, Parma and Napoli – while his managerial reigns have widely been regarded as including a flair for attacking football that matched his playing style.

Zola’s Watford led 2-0 at home to Norwich in last season’s League Cup third round tie, before a late double from City forced extra-time – with Gary Hooper bagging the eventual winner.

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  • …..Trev! Just spent 15mins with a reply to you ..lost in the post!....Yes the board took their time in reaching their decision!... I think this time they have got it right! ...Much better to take your time, than to appoint someone in haste, as it seems to have done on the last occasion!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Just heard the job has gone to Neil Adams so why did they take so long I wonder. I can only presume however they really wanted turned the job down so it was back to Plan B.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Just been down to the polling station. Sorry to see there wasn't a Norfolk Independence Party.

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    cutty

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • giving the blues a good stuffing would be a tonic for us all

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    cutty

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • He wants to join us, and his teams play attractive football. It's a no brainer. Lets have a couple of attractive seasons in the championship and sod the the prem.

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    cutty

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • cutty

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Sky Sports News are also reporting that it could be Zola, Lennon, Big Sam, Di Matteo, Evans, Wise, Malky or Walker.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Mother and I have just droved past Carrow Road and we spotted what believed to be Mike Walker. Exciting times lie ahead if indeed Mike is coming back home. Our collective fingers are corssed.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • So, Lennon on his way then....?

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    powelld123

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • …..In the absence of any conclusions being reached by the board of Norwich City...we are forced into making our own....Are they waiting for an individual to make his mind up?.. if so we are regarded as second best, or terms cannot be agreed....In the meantime...there is a perfectly capable man who would give his all, in the interests of this club, sitting there wondering what his future holds...Mr McNally and Co, if you don't want Neil Adams...I hope you have told him so!....Why should he have to wait upon the whim of any other make-weight individual, who would only half heartedly take the job if the money is right...and then depart at the first opportunity!....The selected new manager should be NEIL ADAMS for me....I declare NO other interest in my choice!.....Matt the board may have chosen somebody else....but he is either playing hard to get, or is living in hope of joining a different club for a couple of years!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Well that's clear then - Gianmalko Moyes for manager...

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I'll tell you what worked a heck of a lot better when appointing a manager......the board picking who they wanted as manager and going after them "in an aggressive nature" as McNally put it when appointing Paul Lambert. None of this interviewing potential candidates who fancy getting back into the game etc. They we sacked for a reason after all in most cases. I'd feel a whole lot better about it all knowing the board collectively have agreed on a target and are going after just him. Just my opinion anyway.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Such a shame that many seem to prefer overseas players to the home grown lads, Loza for exampled showed real passion as well as skill when finally given his chance last game of the season. Likewise, young Murphy never let the team down whereas I thought too many of our highly paid non-British players simply failed to put enough effort in. Yes we all want to win and be in the Premiership but I am convinced it can still be done with mostly home grown players.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • No Lobbo, we're C of E (Concerned about Our Executive). Wish they'd hurry up and make a decision.

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    canarydownunder

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Any white smoke from the Canary Chapel yet?

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Should have been choose - sorry

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    VictorM

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Whoever the board close I just hope it happens soon. Other teams have got new managers, shaped their squads and started buying new players. We have known for quite a time now that we needed a new manager yet there still seems to be nothing in place. Let's get the manager in now and let him sort out the squad and new players before pre season. We certainly don't want to be dithering about in August like we did last season.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • That can't be Hughton in the picture with him... can it?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Agreed that Moyes would be the best option from what is currently available. Given his rumoured £7M to £10M payoff from Man Utd, I don't think monetary gain will be his prime motive. I would think that getting back into the game and restoring his pride, reputation and self belief would be more important than the pay. I think it would be worth getting him on board - getting City promoted back to the PL at the first attempt would go a long way towards his own rebuilding.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Back to the football, finally. I'm not sure that Moyes (should he even be in the frame) would be a good choice. My memory of him as Everton manager is of a fairly cautious and defensive tactician, who relied principally on set pieces to score. Sounds a bit too familiar! As for Zola, I'm not against him, it would be a breath of fresh air to see attacking football back at Carrow Road, although we might leave ourselves too wide open at the back. Zola is a bit too gung ho, at times, but if we can keep a tight back four, why not?

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    wallybrain

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Of all the managers not in work Moyes is the stand out option. Assuming we cannot afford him and there are PL clubs he would opt for first you move on to a lengthy B list where nobody stands out. Even then, some on that list might prefer to wait rather accept what our cash poor board can offer. If Zola is appointed you have a man who has managed in both the PL and Championship but with a patchy overall record. He does however produce teams that play attacking football which will be welcome after the Hughton years. So I would applaud his appointment and look forward to an entertaining season.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Zola!!..we need to get the Linnets manager in :0

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Oh dear, there is dreadful rubbish being posted on here........... It is obvious that the next manager should be a consensus of all the posters on here - that way, nothing could possibly go wrong !

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • yes, a few, or maybe more than a few rednecks on the board today. You know who you are

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • If you re-read my posting Cecil I said he should have some knowledge of the Championship (+ the different type of football it requires to the Premiership). I didn't say he had to be a Championship manager.

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    Timbo

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • People say politics and sport don't mix, but they do, it's inevitable. Then there is thinly veiled xenophobia, and that should have no place. Some will want to take us all backwards to the 70's & 80's, and while they might slow us down, the momentum is too great, and we will continue. On the ball city, never mind the loonies.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Frankly I don't think political ideology has any place on a football message board , whether someone chooses UKIP or Labour or Conservative it holds no bearing on our club . Besides that you only need to look at the number of sub-standard foreign players that because they are cheap are easier to buy . If you want to talk politics , then find a political website and fill your boots .

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I think that is a spelling mistake !

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    mervyn Lambert

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I fear worse to come. On the canary.co.uk website Neil Adams is described as a "Right-Winger"... ;)

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    powelld123

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • If you want to see a talentless, unprofessional, unfit, tactically inept, uncommitted bunch of players, look no further than the English national team. And top of the tree we have Wayne Rooney, a fag smoking overweight lump of lard. Joey Barton gets little right, but his comparison between Rooney and Ronaldo hit the mark.

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    Bookface

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • There's a difference between wanting English players to progress and do well - which I do - and not wanting any foreign players or managers in the game andor at Carrow Road.... Sorry, but once people start posting up comments influenced by UKIP ideology that is where the 'utter nonsense' starts and I'm not going to sit back and let that sort of nonsense go unnoticed!

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    wallybrain

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Just reading this and wondering whether if Scotland gets independence, suddenly Russ Martin, Snoddy and Whittaker won't be wanted by our UKIP friend.

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    Juggmeister

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • So from what I've read , wanting our young English players to progress and then succeed in the first team is now considered to be " right wing thinking " , got a two word response for that . Utter Nonsense .

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • No thanks. We'll get a load of Italian lightweights in on loan.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I agree whole heartledly with Wallybrain. I am genuinely shocked by the xenophobic comments on here today, I thought Norfolk had moved on, and ultimately we were all football fans who wanted the best for our team. I didn't like CH but needed to convince myself that those who racially abused him were just a very small minority. Personally I don't care if our next manager is pink, blue, brown or Green. Whether he is from timbuktoo or Lowestoft, I only care that he can sort this team out as well as attracting some new talent..... Yes, even foreigners!!! Gulp! I'm already bracing myself for the racist responses! It's a sad day in Norfolk!

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    Splazza

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • One world.. we'll only work that one out on the eve of being snuffed out.. however, not the neo liberal self regulating corporate one world that LYB see's through their rose coloured glasses. Back to Zola, if he teaches our players how to sneak in a cheeky little back heeler I'm in.. That day I was flying the flag in a chelski pub, with my chelski mate and a chelski clientelle.. got a bit tiring towards the end.

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • All I can say is after reading some of these posts and their right wing sentiments, I'm glad we are down... it's like being back in the late 70'searly 80's and seeing numbskulls selling British Bulldog outside Carrow Road... pitiful. I thought we'd moved on from those days... now they're back. Shame, shame, shame.

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    wallybrain

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Lincs, I like the sentiment. (I had 5 years of Latin 5 days a week, but never took the O level, as there wasn't much call for it in the trucking industry).

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Trevorkeith-Sounds like you have coached abroad because anybody who nos anything about the Championship wont put a team of English kids out there unless you want to be in League 1 by xmas!

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    dave123

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • All hail Emperor Zola. Veni, Vidi, Vici.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I want to see our game prosper too TK. It's just that I don't accept the argument that foreign players are preventing that.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Oh dear this website does not like back slashes.

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    Bohnhof

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Well according to Skybet MacKay has moved out to 27 from 16 and Lennon has moved to 114. Zola is 101 and Sherwood and Adams both 251. Hyppia is a new arrival at 331. Chris Hughton is now favourite at WBA!!! Err excuse me??!! Wasn't he hopeless?

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    Bohnhof

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Yes you can say I am xenophobia but having spent many years coaching English lads to play the game, I just want to see our grass roots game prosper and that includes the National side. I also want to see English managers given a fair chance of succeeding at the top of our game. By the way, I have coached and manager overseas as well and am fully aware that other countries have fine footballers.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I don't know really, Timbo. PL had no knowledge of the Championship before he was our manager? He got us promoted in one season. The managers who have the greatest knowledge of the Championship are, by definition, those who have been in it the longest. I don't think we want any of them...

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Not too bothered re: nationality, but I do believe the manager has to have some knowledge of the Chumpionship + it's differences to the Premiership. He also needs to have physical presence + a certain amount of gravitas. If Sir Alex rollicked you, you'd listen. Being told off by "Clueless Chris the country vicar", would be like being savaged by a chihuahua...

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • All this xenophobia is incredibly small-minded.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Need someone who can bring good players to the club and with an I'm in charge attitude. No more nice guys please.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Agree with TK,We don't need foreigners!

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Zola would at least bring attacking and entertaining football back to Carrow Road. Because that is his philosophy. The one thing I am not certain about because I am in no position to judge is whether Zola can impose himself and some discipline in the camp? Without doubt things slid badly under Hughton and we lost our way not just as a footballing side but also as a collective unit which showed little or no appetite for the battle and which as such surrendered far to readily. If he has that quality and is a natural motivator then I would say he would be as good a choice as anyone. Finally on the aspect of foreign players, I watch La Liga every other week in Malaga most of the season, where I see players from countries all round the world - yet few British players. What does that say? Maybe that we are far too insular and parochial. Having African and South American players in La Liga in abundance hasn't affected Spain's national team. In fact I suspect Spain has learned from its long association with overseas talent.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • And can we become the first club to confirm absolutely no interest in Zola whatsoever !

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I hope not, we'll be forced to endure endless clips of that goal

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    Giles Hine

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • for goodness sake trevor. can we just deal with a promotion push without some kind of creed criteria?

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    frankief

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I hope not !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • There is an alternative Premier League table out there on the net showing the final positions if only goals scored by English players were counted last season. Norwich would have finished in 13th position and Man City would have been relegated. Interesting.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • WB, I am not sure any of the foreign players we signed recently have exactly set the league on fire and that certainly played a part in our relegation. What a bargain Tom Huddlestone turned out to be for Hull for example so there were decent British players around we could possibly have signed. I am sure RVW is not as bad as he looked last season but even half a dozen goals from him might just have kept us in the Premiership. I just think it is a shame when English teams field only one English player and I for one will be happy to see some of our youth team given a chance rather tan import or non-British players.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I prefer to watch good football; the nationality of the players is irrelevant, except in competitions such as the World Cup. At club level the game is international. Little Englanders might wish it were otherwise; they are in opposition to the zeitgeist.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • PS....are you English or British.... or just a racist?

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    wallybrain

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • TrevorKeith: good grief! So I suppose you'll be hoping the Board clear out all the foreign players as well? Hey, we could even get UKIP to sponsor us! Yes, I am being ironic....

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    wallybrain

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • If I wanted to support continental football then I would support teams like the gooners or Chelskie. I am proud of being English and prefer to watch my fellow countrymen play the game.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Why is being British a bonus?

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • and the seasons go round and round, and the painted ponies go up and down, we are captives on a carousel of time

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • He certainly would not be my choice but then I vote UKIP. Still think Tim Sherwood or Mackay would be good choices but even Hoddle could do a good job for us with the added bonus that they are all British.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Where`s David Moyes DB ?.......Bottom of the barrel for you boys I`m afraid.......(Off The Ball City)

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    1961tractorboy

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I shouldnt mind Zola if he can get us playing stylish football again. Whether he's the man to take us back up to the EPL is another matter however.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I think Hoddle would be a good fit, with Adams & Culverhouse backing him up. Won't happen, but that would be great.

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    Admiral F

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I can see this rumbling on into next week.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Zola was a truly fantastic player, but as a manager .... no!

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    Chris

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I'm undecided on whether he would be good or not, looking at his managerial stats on Wikipedia it is not that great, however I think stats don't show the full picture and the vital one would be the win percentage for Norwich if he got the job.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Agree Injun, Zola and Adams sounds like an interesting potential combo

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    Canary Wurst

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I too would welcome a manager with some flair such as Zola - especially after the dour Hughton reign. Neil Adams as coach alongside would work well for me.

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    Honest Injun

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I seem to recall reading somewhere that the club have stated that they are speaking tolooking at four candidates: Zola, Mackay, Adams and one other? Who is the one other? Hyppia, Steve Clarke, the Ossie bloke nobody was impressed with (Popovic). I really had hoped that there might be a little bit more imagination exercised by the Board at this stage. Hope that my hopes are fulfilled and this is proved entirely wrong.

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    ScotCan

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I like the attacking flair that Zola could bring to the club, although he is certainly not one of the managers I'd like to see her personally. If it happens, great. If not, I won't lose any sleep. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Just to confirm... I'm expecting a phone call any minute now.

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    la barbe

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • A to Z of managers.

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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