Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Clarke Is Target for Blues Hero Zola at the Hammers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Clarke Is Target for Blues Hero Zola at the Hammers

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Byline: KEN DYER

GIANFRANCO ZOLA will move for Chelsea's Steve Clarke as his No2 after being unveiled as West Ham's new manager on Thursday.

The Italian knows Clarke well from his playing career at Stamford Bridge and is keen to utilise the Scot's experience as part of his coaching staff.

West Ham, frustrated at the complicatons surrounding original favourite Slaven Bilic, have decided that Zola is the man to move the club forward after the resignation of Alan Curbishley.

Former Italian national coach Roberto Donadoni also impressed the club's directors but at a board meeting yesterday, headed by vice chairman Asgeir Fridgeirsson, it was agreed the 42-year-old was the outstanding candidate. Croatian national coach Bilic, whose team meet England tomorrow in a World Cup qualifier in Zagreb, was on the shortlist but doubts about his immediate availability, and even problems setting up a potential interview, meant West Ham finally ran out of patience. …

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