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West Ham keeper Green: Players enjoy playing for Zola

West Ham United goalkeeper Robert Green says the players enjoy working for manager Gianfranco Zola.

"There has been some upheaval here this season with a change in manager," Green told the Daily Mail. "But after what looked like a real baptism of fire for him, the new manager has done tremendously well.

"He's introduced a new brand of football. Changed the way we play. I think everyone has benefited, including me when it comes to distribution.

"Now that we are being encouraged to play football, and the guys have the confidence to play the ball, I have been able to release the ball from the hand a lot more.

"I remember there were times at Norwich when we were struggling and I'd get slaughtered by the fans for kicking it long all the time. But if people don't want the ball you don't have a lot of choice.

"The guys have taken on board what the manager says and been given a self-belief to be able to play the kind of football we are trying to play. I always believed I could do it but I needed to be in a team where the guys wanted to do it as well."

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