West Ham axe Zola

LONDON - West Ham United sacked Italian manager Gianfranco Zola yesterday.

LONDON - West Ham United sacked Italian manager Gianfranco Zola yesterday.

"West Ham United have terminated the contract of Gianfranco Zola," the club said on their website (www.whufc.com).

"The board of directors would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him well for the future."

Former Chelsea and Italy striker Zola joined West Ham in September 2008 for his first club management role but after a promising start he endured a turbulent time at the east London club and narrowly avoided relegation this season.

Heavily in debt, the club was sold to David Gold and David Sullivan in January. Croatia coach and former West Ham defender Slaven Bilic, Portsmouth boss Avram Grant and former Manchester City coach Mark Hughes are the bookmakers' favourites to fill the vacancy. - Reuters

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