West Ham's caretaker manager Kevin Keen has welcomed the appointment of Gianfranco Zola as a "fresh start".

Zola was unveiled as the Hammers' new manager on Thursday and officially starts work on Monday, leaving Keen in charge for Saturday's trip to West Brom.

And Keen believes the arrival of former Chelsea and Italy favourite Zola will change the atmosphere around Upton Park saying: "For me this is a new, fresh start and supporters can be excited by Zola's appointment."

He added: "The Chelsea connection has been mentioned but I don't think that comes into it really.

"The majority of West Ham fans will see him as someone as who was a bright, exciting and inventive footballer. They'll be hoping he can bring that as a manager to West Ham. It's a new start."

The decision to opt for Zola over more established candidates such as Roberto Donadoni and Roberto Mancini is viewed by some as a gamble.

The 42-year-old's only managerial experience has been limited to Italy Under-21s but Keen, who met his new boss for the first time on Friday, believes his pedigree will shine through.

"Gianfranco has done his coaching with the Italian Under-21s and I'm sure he's learned a lot there," he said.

"Even when you're playing, you are still contributing, especially when you're in your 30s and thinking about being a coach. So I'm sure he's talked to managers and things like that."

"I've been doing it six years as well so I'll have my ideas that I'll put to him too."

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