Thursday 18 January 2018

Zola poised to resign

Jason Burt

GIANFRANCO ZOLA'S reign as West Ham manager is almost certainly over after David Sullivan, the club's co-chairman, revealed that the Italian has "indicated he might resign at the end of the season."

Sullivan has put the entire first-team squad, bar Scott Parker, up for sale in a move that might be seen as a deliberate attempt to provoke Zola into quitting.

Of Zola's future, Sullivan, who had considered making a managerial change when he took over in January, said: "No decision has been made. He did indicate he might resign at the end of the season, but he might well have changed his mind."

There was, nevertheless, a sense of anger and astonishment at the West Ham training ground yesterday at Sullivan's decision to announce that all the players were for sale, with two league games still to come.

Zola considered quitting once West Ham were safe but there now appears to be a stand-off. Sullivan may be forced to pay up the remainder of his £1.9m-a-year contract which has two years to run. Steve McClaren and Avram Grant are possible replacements. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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