Gianfranco Zola has pledged to bring attacking football to West Ham United and does not expect the time he spent with Chelsea to be a problem.
Former Italy international Zola is expected to be confirmed as West Ham’s new manager on Wednesday following Alan Curbishley’s resignation last week.
Zola, who is currently part of his Italy’s Under 21 setup, will be returning to the Premier League five years after leaving Chelsea following a glittering playing career at Stamford Bridge.
“I only know one way to play: on the floor, attacking football, the way things should be done,” Zola told the Daily Mail.
“I want to excite people, that is why we play, isn’t it? This is a new era, a new chapter for me. I was an offensive player, who only knew one way to play. That is how my teams will always play.
“I know there is a rivalry between Chelsea and West Ham, but that is not a problem. My playing career is in my past.
“This is a new adventure for me. I spent seven years at Chelsea and they were seven of the best years of my career.
“I loved playing there, but the fans must understand that I have a new career now and my playing career is in the past.”
Zola admits it was a tough decision to leave his current 21 role with the Italian under-21 side, but he could not refuse the opportunity to become a Premier League manager.
He added: “This is an opportunity in the Premier League and an opportunity I didn’t expect, but it’s an opportunity I can’t turn down.
“The hardest thing was to say goodbye to those players in the dressing room.
“Everything has to be agreed with the federation, but I am confident that it will be resolved when I return to Italy. There are still talks, but I am sure they will go well.”