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West Ham co-owner offers Zola support

West Ham co-owner David Gold has given his backing to boss Gianfranco Zola after fans chanted for his dismissal during the 3-1 defeat at home to Wolves.

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Zola suggested he may be on the verge of the sack following West Ham's fifth straight defeat, which leaves the club just three points clear of the relegation zone, and Soccernet understands his job may depend on victory against Stoke on Saturday.

However, Gold has asked the supporters to get behind the team and the manager as they seek to end their dismal run of form and move clear of trouble.

Gold told talkSPORT: "I had a chat with Franco after the game. Of course he is disappointed. We are all disappointed, the fans are disappointed - of course they are.

"We are in real difficulties right now. We have got some cup finals coming up now, but it is okay. What we have to do is brush ourselves down then we have to bounce back and say, 'Now we have seven huge, huge games and we have to pull ourselves out of it'.

"Obviously people are going to question the manager because they are looking for someone to blame. Every West Ham fan will be saying, 'Who can we blame?' They start off blaming the players then the manager and finally the owners.

"It is just the way of things, but on Saturday we have a huge game [against Stoke] and we cannot carry that negativity into that game.

"The fans are entitled to be disgruntled when their team are beaten 3-1 at home, but they know they need to bounce back and support their team in its hour of need.

"I would say that we still have a marginal edge over our competitors but, yes, I think we will stay up."

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