Management duo to consider Upton Park future
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 16 Apr 2010 18:03:00
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Reports on BBC Radio Five Live this morning suggest that the West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola and his assistant Steve Clarke are not planning their futures at Upton Park beyond the end of the current season.

West Ham have had a troubled time both on and off the pitch this term, and the clubs new owners, David Gold and David Sullivan have spoken out about the club's recent poor form. When questioned the 43 year-old Italian could not commit to the club long-term saying: "I am the manager of West Ham and my focus is to get them safe and then we will see what happens."

Zola's position was believed to have been in severe doubt after a 3-1 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, followed by a loss to Stoke City at Upton Park. In response to the defeat against Wolves, Sullivan published an open letter on the club's official website describing the performance as "shambolic".

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Despite a morale boosting draw at Everton and a vital home win against Sunderland last Saturday, the club are still not safe, just four points from the drop zone. Zola thinks his side are good wnough to beat the drop but is unsure whether he will still be holding the reigns next season.

"We know it's not going to be easy, but the determination and fight is there."

His assistant Clarke, has echoed the manager's sentiments and has also cast doubt over his long-term furture at the club.

""The best thing to do now is to get the points we require - we're not sure what the points tally will be so we focus on the next game.

"We take stock on Tuesday and see where we are and we build for the next game after that.

"We focus on the next game, that is as far as we look in this moment in time. It would be silly for us to look any further ahead so we look for the next game and we get the points we require to keep West Ham in the Premier League."

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