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Gianfranco Zola Sacked As West Ham United Manager

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09:  Gianfranco Zola of West Ham applauds the fans at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at Boleyn Ground on May 9, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Daniel GoochAnalyst IMay 11, 2010

West Ham United have confirmed that they have sacked manager Gianfranco Zola.

Zola was popular with the fans and players at West Ham, but he hasn't seen eye-to-eye with new owners David Sullivan and David Gold since they took charge in January. 

Zola has kept the Hammers in the Premier League since he took charge of the club; however, they flirted with relegation and ended up in an unconvincing 17th place, just five points clear of the drop.

The club's statement confirmed Zola's exit, saying, "West Ham United confirm that they have terminated the contract of Gianfranco Zola.

"The Board of Directors would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him well for the future. The club will now be focusing its efforts on seeking a replacement.

"The club will be making no further comment on this matter."

Since the takeover took place, Zola's future has looked uncertain. He was never the owners' favourite to be manager, and this season was a good excuse to get rid of him.

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