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West Ham have confirmed that their squad has been given three days off this week.

Following Saturday’s home defeat to Stoke, West Ham are curently only above the Premier League drop-zone on goal difference.

But Gianfranco Zola has opted to give his side a break ahead of the weekend’s clash with Everton.

“Mr Zola has gone to Sardinia. He’s given the players three days off to freshen up for the Everton game, they are back training on Wednesday,” said co-owner David Sullivan – who insisted that Zola would not be sacked.

“The Board will be most surprised if he isn’t coaching the team this week.

“We had a very amicable meeting with him after the match on Saturday and he indicated nothing to the contrary.”

Zola still very much has the support of his players, with both Mido and Robert Green insisting that he retains their full support.

“We tried hard against Stoke but it didn’t work and we are very disappointed,” said Mido.

“I look at the faces of the players in the dressing room and I don’t see anyone who thinks they are in a team which will get relegated.”

Green added: “West Ham have been in worse positions at this point of the season. Now we have to dig in and fight.

“We are all behind the manager. He is a great man and great manager.

“I think we have a very good chance of staying up.”

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