Zola reveals how fan helped him get up-to-speed on West Ham tradition

Gianfranco Zola has revealed how a West Ham fan is helping him quickly getting up-to-speed on the club's traditions. On his first day in charge, Zola was handed over a book chronicling West Ham managers by a fan waiting for him at their Chadwell Heath training ground. Zola said: “I’ve read some of it and learned things about the club. One thing struck me straight away. In more than 100 years, the club has only had 11 managers. To me this means there is something special about the club. “Some have longer chapters than others, of course. That is because of a certain success.

Gianfranco Zola has revealed how a West Ham fan is helping him quickly getting up-to-speed on the club's traditions.

On his first day in charge, Zola was handed over a book chronicling West Ham managers by a fan waiting for him at their Chadwell Heath training ground.

Zola said: “I’ve read some of it and learned things about the club. One thing struck me straight away. In more than 100 years, the club has only had 11 managers. To me this means there is something special about the club.

“Some have longer chapters than others, of course. That is because of a certain success.

“One of my aims is to make sure that in a few years there is another chapter about me. I hope it is a long one.”