West Ham United's former manager Gianfranco Zola has spoken of his disappointment at being removed from his post at Upton Park.
The Italian was shown the door a matter of days after the end of the Premier League season, having been publically criticised by the club's new owners in recent weeks.
Zola told the League Managers' Association's official website:"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 Barclays Premier League. West Ham is a great club, with fantastic supporters and I wish the club every success in the future."