Zola facing the axe from West Ham's new owners

16 January 2010 08:26
David Sullivan and David Gold were last night on the verge of takingover West Ham, putting Gianfranco Zola's position in serious doubt. [LNB]The former Birmingham owners were described as being in 'poleposition' in the race to buy the club, with a deal likely to beconcluded in the next few days. [LNB] Coming clean: Gianfranco Zola says he will not beg to keep his job at West Ham[LNB] WEST HAM UNITED FC: All the latest news from across the webZola questions his own ability to save West Ham from the dropWest Ham fined £115,000 for violence that marred Millwall Carling Cup tieIt appears the pair's £50million offer to take a controlling stake with an option for a full buy-out has been preferred to that of Malaysian Air Asia entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, who has also made a determined bid for the club. [LNB]There has been interest, too, from Cagliari president Massimo Cellino and finance company Intermarket Group, but a source close to the negotiations said: 'It looks like it is Sullivan and Gold.' [LNB]The duo are former West Ham shareholders and their interest in West Ham has been clear since they sold Birmingham to Carson Yeung last October. [LNB]One fit striker: Luis Jimenez will lead the line at Villa[LNB]They have promised to provide funds to reinforce the team, who go to Aston Villa today desperately needing points in their fight for Premier League survival. [LNB]But their arrival at Upton Park will be bad news for boss Zola, with a more experienced replacement likely to be brought in. [LNB]The Italian has been in charge for 16 months in circumstances that would have tested a long-established boss, never mind one in his first club management job. [LNB]Zola has considered quitting at times and while he has vowed to fight on regardless of off-field changes, he will not beg to stay. [LNB]He said: 'The new owners may not want to speak to me. I think I can do this job well and that is enough, but I have to prove it to everybody else, every day.[LNB] 'For me, the pitch speaks. If what I am doing isn't good enough then it is right they change me. The sack is not a fear for me at all.' [LNB]West Ham could today come up against one of the players Zola had to sacrifice last summer, Villa defender James Collins, and the manager has few forward options. [LNB]With unsuccessful loanee Luis Jimenez his only fit senior striker, Zola said: 'I have Frank Nouble, Freddie Sears, Jimenez and . . . myself! But I am not afraid of playing youngsters.'[LNB] WEST HAM UNITED FC: All the latest news from across the webZola questions his own ability to save West Ham from the dropWest Ham fined £115,000 for violence that marred Millwall Carling Cup tie[LNB] [LNB]  

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