Green: Zola is a great manager

BY foxsports • March 30, 2010

West Ham keeper Robert Green insists Gianfranco Zola is a "great manager" and claims the Italian has been "hamstrung" by selection problems.

Zola announced on Monday that he was "determined to carry on" as boss after considering his future over the weekend in the wake of recent results.

The Hammers have lost six consecutive Premier League games to slip down the standings and are currently outside the relegation zone on goal difference alone.

But Green believes it was clear in the 1-0 defeat to Stoke on Saturday that Zola was doing his utmost to revive the team's fortunes.

The England goalkeeper also thinks that Zola's job has been made more difficult by an injury crisis this season, while it has been difficult for the club to keep a settled squad due to the delicate financial situation.

"He's a great man and a great manager and you could see on Saturday that it's not through want of trying," said Green.

"He's been hamstrung through the season with selection problems and players leaving and injuries and things like that and he's just putting out the teams that seem fit for the games."

Green insists the players are right behind the Italian and has urged his team-mates to stay calm in attacking areas to end their problems in front of goal.

He explained: "It's up to us to put in the effort that we did on Saturday and to have the confidence to carry on playing and play more football in and around the final-third which, hopefully, will make the difference."

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