Sunday, 23 May 2010
Hammer Hero Hurst Says Zola Had To Go
Interesting to read Sir Geoff Hurst lining up with Duce Di Canio by supporting the sacking of Zola. The Italian's backers made a lot out of the support given to Zola by Dicks and Brooking, but now we have two greats on the other side of the scales.
Hurst makes a lot of sense when he says: "“The appointment of Gianfranco was wrong. Nobody admires him more than me as a man and a player – but from assistant manager of the Italy Under-21 side to manager of a Premier League club was flawed. I was sorry to see Franco move on, but it wasn’t a good appointment. He had very little experience.”
That is honest and to the point. This isn't a man with an agenda, this is somebody who likes and respects the Italian but who understands that he was, quite simply, out of his depth. As Hurst says, "It’s just madness. You can’t come off the shop floor and be a managing director. It was inevitable that what happened was going to happen.”
Hurst is also very clear on why Zola failed. I quote: “You have to move people out of the way who are going to be an obstacle to that and if you’re too nice and soft it doesn’t work. It’s a tough profession and you have to make tough decisions".
Hurst is a good guy, a nice bloke. He isn't quite as anodyne as Brooking, but he is certainly not a Jose. To say it, Hurst must believe it and feel it. Shouldn't we all just accept that if Sir Geoff says it, then it must be true?
Posted by Hammersfan at 10:40