Friday 28 April 2017

Zola weighs up future after sixth loss on trot

A Lowe

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Gianfranco Zola spent last night considering his future as West Ham manager after the side's sixth straight Premier League defeat at home to Stoke.

Hull's victory over Fulham at the KC Stadium means that only goal difference now separates West Ham from the relegation zone. Asked if he would consider resigning, Zola said: "I've to find out what the problem is. If the problem is me then why not? The players are trying hard for us. The bottom line is to see whether I can help them or not.

"I will consider overnight whether I am doing a good job or not.

"Right now I am flat because we lost another game and it is the sixth in a row and it is not good for me. It is very painful and I will think a lot about how the situation stands and find a solution. We will see what we can do," Zola continued

"I will have to consider a lot about today's game. There is a lot to think about. I am not hinting towards anything. If I don't think I am the man I will let you know but right now the players are behind us, we just need to change something to be more helpful towards them."

West Ham chairman David Sullivan said before the game that Zola would not be sacked if the club lost. Zola said he "thinks" he will still be in charge for next weekend's game against Everton but he expects a week of discussions with the clubs owners.

"I know my duties and I know right now the situation is not going the way it should. I am prepared to accept the situation," said Zola. "It is going to be a week in which we will be talking to each other."

Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller came off the bench to score a brilliant solo goal after 69 minutes to send West Ham spiralling towards the relegation trap-door.

The Hammers desperately chased an equaliser but fired blanks. Mido squandered two decent chances and Carlton Cole saw a header drift just wide and was one-on-one with Thomas Sorensen in the second half but the Stoke goalkeeper smothered his shot.

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