Zola poised for crucial talks

West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola is preparing for make-or-break talks with the Upton Park club's owners next week, after ensuring Premier League survival for the Hammers.

Zola's position has been called into question ever since David Gold and David Sullivan took control of the Irons earlier this season and the Italian is unsure about what the future holds.

He told reporters:"We are going to meet sometime next week. There is no point in me saying whether I want to stay or not, let me talk to the club first.

"I don't know what the owners are going to say.

"I am not very good at promoting myself, but we will see what the outcome is when we are there. If you ask me what I am going to say, I honestly don't know.

"People are allowed to doubt my job because it might not have been good – but the passion, work and effort we put into the job was massive and the people understand that, which I appreciate.

"What we do is not just about money. We do it because we enjoy it and we want to give pleasure to the supporters.

"I don't want to get involved in the financial side of transfers, but I need to know who I am working with. It is quite normal.

"You need to know what players are coming in."

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