Livid Zola aims blast at Sullivan

West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola is unhappy with the timing of new owner David Sullivan's comments suggesting everyone at Upton Park will have to take a pay cut.

The Hammers have reported debts of more than £100million and Sullivan is becoming increasingly concerned that relegation will force to club to the wall.

He had been quoted as saying:"I can't believe the contracts I've inherited. Every position is overpaid, whether in administration or on the playing side.

"Everyone at the club will be asked to take a salary cut in the summer. The club is in a mess and we all have to pull together. If we go down I can't even consider the situation."

However, Zola is unhappy that Sullivan's comments came as he was preparing his team for Wednesday's vital match against Birmingham City.

He said:"The article should have been done at a different time instead of just before a match like tomorrows.

"It would have been better to say what was said at another time and, maybe, talk to us before the newspapers. I'm not happy about it. I don't think it does any good for the team.

"Personally, I am not here for the money. When I first joined the club in 2008, I did not know how much I was going to earn. I came here for the plan and a project.

"After a while, the club offered me a new contract and it was not about money, I was working for something positive. I have principles. I won't allow people to walk over me."

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