Saturday 20 January 2018

Chairman undermines Zola

It now appears a question of when, not if, Gianfranco Zola leaves West Ham after co-chairman David Sullivan undermined his claim to support the manager "100pc" with a lacerating attack on the team's organisation and personnel.

In a personal message to fans on the club's website, Sullivan said he had endured a sleepless night after Tuesday's 3-1 home defeat to Wolves. Sullivan added: "I was as angry and upset as every supporter in the stadium at the disorganised way we played, allowing Wolves so much space that they looked more like Manchester United."

In what can only be interpreted as criticism of the management team of Zola and Steve Clarke, Sullivan added: "We have a few very talented players in our team, but it's a very unbalanced squad. Individually we have some very good players, but this is not being converted into a good team performance."

Sullivan had said in the wake of the capitulation against Wolves: "We're 100pc behind the manager," adding, in a reference to Hull City's change of management: "I don't think bringing in an 'Iain Dowie Mark II' will make us a better team."

Of Zola's future the 61-year-old had said: "We will see what he is made of in the next few games. If he wins the next seven games (which begin with Stoke City at home tomorrow) he looks like the best manager of all time. If he loses them he's the worst manager of all time."

Irish Independent

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