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Zola sacked as West Ham manager

Gianfranco Zola was sacked as West Ham manager earlier this afternoon after less than two years in charge at Upton Park.

The former Chelsea striker endured a difficult season that almost saw in the Hammers being relegated while he also had to deal with interference from the club's co-owner David Sullivan.

Sullivan wrote a letter to Hammers fans back in March apologizing for the ‘shambolic’ and ‘pathetic’ performance against Wolves in the Premier League.

Zola fired a number of parting shots at the London club’s co-owner in a statement released this evening: ‘I am extremely disappointed to be leaving West Ham United.’

‘Over recent weeks, I have been the subject of various adverse comments, from within the club, which have been widely reported in the media. 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 am extremely proud of their efforts, over a long and difficult season, in retaining West Ham's place in the Premier League.’

Zola concluded: ‘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.’

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