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Zola voices Allardyce backing

Gianfranco Zola believes West Ham boss Sam Allardyce should not be under pressure to change his style, and has admitted his interest in the vacant post at Norwich.

Allardyce has been given backing by the West Ham board despite fan unrest at Upton Park, citing poor performances and defensive football as reasons to oust the 59-year-old.

The board has, however, echoed the worries of the supporters by demanding more attacking football at the club, as well as a top-10 finish and a say in transfers.

Former Hammers boss Zola disagrees with the treatment of Allardyce, telling Sky Sports: "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."

Zola, who was sacked by West Ham in May 2010, has been out of work since resigning as Watford boss last December.

Recent speculation has seen the Italian linked with the vacant post at recently-relegated Norwich, who are in the hunt for a manager after caretaker boss Neil Adams took over from Chris Hughton for the last few games of their doomed season.

Asked whether he would like to return to management at Carrow Road, Zola said: "It's a possibility. It's a very good club.

"I like the way it's structured, so we'll see how it goes.

"I'm looking for a team, so hopefully it will come.

"It's been a few months out, and now I'm ready to start again."