Former Hammers striker Bobby Zamora has backed West Ham’s youngsters to help steer the club away from a relegation battle.

In a wide-ranging interview with Blowing Bubbles Monthly, Zamora also talks about his excitement at joining forces with Rio Ferdinand and Mark Noble to invest
their time, money and effort in the Legacy Foundation, an organisation dedicated to providing affordable housing based around community involvement and communal facilities.

“West Ham is a club which gives youth an opportunity,” he said, although ironically
Zamora was let go by the club as youth team player before returning years later to
become a key player in the team’s revival after a period in the doldrums, scoring
the goal that got them back into the Premier League in 2005, and playing in the 2006 FA Cup final.

“I remember when I was in the youth team, Rio was about three years above me and had just broken into the senior side, and in the gym he and Frank Lampard were pointed out to us youngsters as the sort of people we should aspire to be

He later added: “The Legacy Foundation is our baby. We want this to be an aspirational place for kids to live in.”

Read more from Zamora as well as an exclusive interview with Rio Ferdinand in Blowing Bubbles’ December issue >

Elsewhere in the popular publication, which supporters can get hard copies of on their way from Stratford Tube Station and Stratford International to the Olympic Park from 3.30pm on Saturday, Phil Parkes is unveiled as a new columnist.

The former Hammers shotstopper Phil Parkes is convinced Slaven Bilic is the right man to steer the Hammers away from relegation woes and to a brighter future.
Meanwhile, George Parris believes Adrian will come back better and stronger after being replaced by Darren Randolph.

blowing-bubbles-december-2016Writing is his column for Blowing Bubbles, he added: “Adrian has really been punished this season for the mistakes he has made. There were a few he made last season that he got away with but not this year.

“These mistakes have cost us not only goals but also points, and it does play on your mind as a defender. You start to do things differently.”

Blowing Bubbles also focus on Edmilson Fernandes and why he could prove to be a huge star in London.

They also ask if we have ever got the better of Arsenal in the transfer market, whether or not Leon Britton will always been seen as a talent we let go, and look back on our famous victory at Anfield last season.

Blowing Bubbles also argues why December will be the month to define our season, looks back on some recent Boxing Day victories, and catch up with former West Ham Ladies captain Katie Bottom..

For those living in the UK who aren’t going to the Arsenal game, you can secure your issue here >

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