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Allardyce has done good job - Zola

Gianfranco Zola has sympathy for Sam Allardyce if he is replaced as West Ham manager.

But the Italian, one of Allardyce's predecessors, wants whoever is in charge of the Hammers next season to take the club to "another level". Allardyce is out of contract and Sunday's Barclays Premier League match at Newcastle could be his last as West Ham boss.

Zola, speaking on behalf of Premier League sponsors Barclays, told Press Association Sport: "I know where this is coming from. I know the supporters want to see another style of football than the team has been playing in the last few years.

"(But) it would be unfair to say Sam doesn't deserve to be there, because he's done an extremely good job for the club, in terms of achieving results and that has to be said.

"The club, the supporters, want to see something different. They might be looking for somebody else. Who? It's difficult for me to say.

"It's a good club and I really hope they're going to get somebody good to take the team to another level."

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