Football FanCast guest columnist Sid Powell feels the West Ham board owe it to Zola, to get a quick resolution over Neill's future either way.
If the frustration of failing to snap up his top transfer targets hasn't been bad enough for Gianfranco Zola, then surely the uncertainty over Lucas Neill's future must have been equally grating. It is ridiculous the way this has been allowed to drag on so close to the start of the Premier League season and why that is no fault on our part, given that the Australian holds all the cards, it must be extremely annoying for Zola as he looks to plan for next season.
I read on SkySports this morning that it seems likely that he will stay at Upton Park, but I take that all with a pinch of salt, as we have heard this all before. Zola confirmed on Tuesday that the player is back in talks with the club and is desperate for some sort of conclusion as he wants him back in his squad, but here we are now on Sunday and as yet nothing concrete is in place. I accept that negotiations can take time, but the club must have known since the season ended as to how much he wants to stay at Upton Park; it may well be way above what we can pay, but surely the club owe it to Zola to get some sort of resolution either way, so he is able to find a suitable replacement in time for the season. The club should have held a firmer stance from the off, in my opinion, and not be left as we have been in a state of limbo. Lucas Neill is a good player, but he is certainly not irreplaceable.
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