Gianfranco Zola: 'Sam Allardyce shouldn't change managerial style'

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham and Southampton at Boleyn Ground on February 22, 2014
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Former West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola believes that current boss Sam Allardyce should not change his managerial style.

Gianfranco Zola has said that West Ham United should not put pressure on Sam Allardyce to change his managerial style.

The club's owners recently confirmed that Allardyce will remain in charge at West Ham, but want to give the fans "more to cheer about", following complaints from supporters about the team's defensive style.

Zola, who spent just under two years in charge at Upton Park, told Sky Sports News: "Every manager has his own style, whether you like it or not. You don't have to put pressure on the manager to change the style.

"It's something that tends to come from the manager. I wouldn't ask somebody to do something that it might be a problem for them to do. It's a very strange request."

West Ham finished 13th in the Premier League table in the 2013-14 season.

A general view of Upton Park, home of West Ham United on October 15, 2011
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