West Ham United’s new co-owner David Sullivan has confirmed that manager Gianfranco Zola will remain in charge.
Sullivan and David Gold have completed their takeover of the Upton Park side after buying 50 per cent of the club on Tuesday.
There had been speculation that their arrival at the club would spell the end of Zola’s tenure, but Sullivan says he will back Zola in the transfer market to turn around their fortunes on the pitch.
When questioned on whether Zola was staying at the helm Sullivan told Sky Sports News: “Absolutely. He’s categorically staying.
“I’ll be sitting down with him to work on transfer targets. We as outsiders realise he needs a few additions to enhance his chances of staying in the Premier League.”
West Ham had been linked with a move for ex-Manchester City boss Mark Hughes, but Sullivan insists he is looking to promote stability at the club.
“At Birmingham we don’t change managers frequently. In 16-and-a-half years we sacked two managers that’s all. We believe in stability,” he continued.