Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Zola vows to carry on for West Ham

Gianfranco Zola believes he can lead West Ham to Barclays Premier League safety after revealing his determination to carry on as manager.

Zola returned home to Sardinia following Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Stoke that left his side on the brink of the relegation zone.

The dejected Italian admitted he would consider his future over the weekend but after a time of reflection Zola decided he was in no mood to quit.

“I am determined to carry on,” declared Zola. “Losing on Saturday was emotional for everyone but I know we can turn it around and we have the ability to achieve our objectives.”

West Ham's performances have come under fire from co-owner David Sullivan but Zola says he had a supportive conversation with him and co-owner David Gold after the Stoke defeat.

“They have backed me and I am grateful,” added Zola. “My only thought for now is to keep this club in the Premier League and that remains my goal. I'll give everything I can to make this happen between now and the end of the season.”

Zola found himself at the centre of more criticism for giving his players three days off before resuming training tomorrow.

But after two high-pressure matches in five days and the next, at Everton, not coming until Sunday, it was felt desirable to give the players a breather.

“We will go to Everton determined to get a result,” said Zola.

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