The Italian is sympathetic to the club’s supporters and understanding of how important a good style of football is to them, which is something he’s suggested Allardyce will need to overcome in order to win them over.
The London Evening Standard described his chances of staying at Upton Park as ‘bleak’ with the uncertainty surrounding him continuing.
“He did fantastically well at the beginning of the season though. Sometimes there was a difficult relationship between the way Sam played and the sort of football West Ham supporters wanted to see,” said the Italian.
“I know how important the style of football is for West Ham fans. That might be the biggest problem to overcome. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
West Ham have two games left to play this season against Everton at home this weekend and then against Newcastle away on the final day of the season.
That gives Allardyce two matches to show that he’s got it in him to produce a more sophisticated playing style, which is good to watch and effective in terms of getting results.
However, it will be difficult because the Hammers seem to have struggled for motivation ever since they reach a points tally, which was enough to keep them in the top flight.
If he ultimately does sign on the dotted line then Zola’s advice is clear; work hard to get the team playing in a different way and the fans will slowly come on side, as the Olympic Stadium adventure draws closer.