Zola Crisis Talks

56_zola_280x390_902819aGianfranco Zola has been hauled in for crisis talks over West Ham’s current plight.

Chief executive Scott Duxbury demanded to see Zola immediately after Sunday’s Upton Park draw against Fulham.

Pressure is now growing on the Hammers’ Italian boss to dig them out of a rut, as they struggle second from bottom in the Premier League.

The Londoners last night insisted Zola and Duxbury regularly chat post-match.

But the club’s controversial technical director Gianluca Nani was also at this emergency summit.

And Zola did not re-surface until an hour and a quarter later, before eventually attending the game’s Press conference.

West Ham were booed off having thrown away a 1-0 lead against Fulham, who had Kagisho Dikgacoi sent off after 42 minutes.

It took a deflected effort from sub Junior Stanislas two minutes into injury-time to rescue a point and some pride.

Former Chelsea star Zola finally emerged to berate his players for bottling it when the chips were down.

West Ham are enduring their worst start to a season since they were relegated in 2002-3.

But Zola has been given little cash to spend on new players because of board problems and the club’s financial strife.

Zola has also been hit hard by the failure of £7m striker Dean Ashton to recover from ankle surgery and help take the pressure off overworked frontman Carlton Cole.

Centre-half Matthew Upson, who has joined England ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Ukraine, insisted West Ham will get it right.

He said: “We just need to be more clinical and to wipe out the little things letting us down.”

The Sun

~ by footballdirecta on October 6, 2009.

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