West Ham have done little to draw attention to themselves this season. Their manager, Gianfranco Zola, is one of football’s nice guys and won’t bow to media pressure and say anything controversial.
His side try to play neat attractive football, as is the expectation of the fans, so red cards and dirty tackles happen infrequently at Upton Park.
In fact the loudest people at the club have been the new owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, who since their takeover in January have appeared in the press almost daily, talking about the dire financial situation at the club and their hopes to move into the 2012 Olympic stadium.
However, their support for Zola has been conspicuous by its absence. It is clear the new men at the top are not sure about the Italian’s long-term future at the club, believing he is just too nice to fight his way through a relegation scrap. Despite words to the contrary from Zola, the lack of public support bound to affect the Italian.
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