Gianfranco Zola upset by West Ham comments after being sacked

Tags: 2016/17 Premier League

Published: 09:47 13/05/2010

Recently sacked West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has said that he was the victim of “adverse comments” from with the club during his last few weeks in charge of the side. "I am extremely disappointed to be leaving," said the Italian manager. "Over recent weeks, I have been the subject of various adverse comments, from within the club, which have been widely reported in the media." Zola's position at the club had been subject to wide-spread speculation since new owners David Sullivan and David Gold took charge of West Ham back in January. It was a difficult season for the Hammers who were only safe from the relegation zone after their third from final fixture, in which a 3-2 over Wigan ended fears. Sullivan publicly berated Zola a month previously describing his team as “pathetic” following a 1-0 loss to Wolves. The 43-year-old Italian has issued a statement through the League Manager Association: "Despite what has been a very difficult period for me, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at West Ham. "I would like to sincerely thank the players and my staff for their continued support, hard work and commitment. "I extremely proud of their efforts, over a long and difficult season, in retaining West Ham's place in the Premier League. "West Ham is a great club, with fantastic supporters and I wish the club every success in the future. The termination process of my contract is now in the hands of the LMA and I therefore will be making no further comment at this stage." Meanwhile, Chief executive of the LMA Richard Bevan praised Zola's performance at the club:"Without a doubt Gianfranco is a talented young manager and I am sure that in the fullness of time he will be back working in the game." Paddy Power are currently offering 9/2 odds that Slaven Bilic will replace Zola as West Ham manager.

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