Zola set to discover Irons fate

West Ham United head coach Gianfranco Zola is set for crunch talks with club owners David Gold and David Sullivan this week, after a difficult season for the Upton Park outfit.

The Hammers rounded off the campaign with a 1-1 draw with Manchester City, following a turbulent few months which have seen the Irons battle to avoid relegation from the top-flight.

Zola confirmed:"This week we will have a meeting with the club, we will talk and see what the outcome will be. We will have a long and interesting chat.

"It's been a tiring and exhausting season for us. All of the staff have been under a lot of pressure.

"We wanted to give something different, but circumstances, mistakes and other things didn't allow us to do that, to give to the team what we wanted to give. There were moments when it was tough for us.

"For me personally, football has always been a joy, always a pleasure. I played until I was 39 and never considered it as a job or a difficult thing to do.

"But this year, because of all the pressure around us, it was difficult to take it in the same way.

"Football has always been part of my life, always one of the main things. I need it, but I need football in a certain way.

"I enjoyed it last year, very much, this year a little bit less. It was only my second year as a manager and you take in everything.

"I need to get used to it. I know where the faults and mistakes lie and I will be working on them."

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