Ilan: Zola has lost control of Hammers

West Ham striker Ilan has claimed that manager Gianfranco Zola has

“lost control” of the players at Upton Park.

In an astonishing revelation, Ilan – who has scored two in

their last two games – claims that Zola is no longer in control and

will not be able to win the players back.

Ilan, who arrived on a short-term deal from St Etienne in

January, also revealed he was not planning on staying at Upton Park

beyond the end of the season.

“I don’t want to say bad things about Zola because he is a

good person, but you know sometimes a good person working in

football doesn’t work,” Ilan told the News of the World.

“If you give your players a lot of freedom, they will not

obey you anymore.

“That is what is happening now at West Ham, especially with

players who speak Italian.

“Zola has lost control of the team and it is impossible for

him to recover it.”

Ilan is not happy with how he is used by Zola.

“Zola never uses me in my position as a centre forward,” he

said.

“He puts me out on the flanks or even as a second forward.

“He and the other coaches in the Premier League have an

obsession with putting the players in positions different to the

one they are used to.”

He also confirmed that he was set to leave England when his

deal at West Ham expires.

“Whatever happens, I’m going to leave England. I have

received offers from France and Spain and even from three clubs

from Brazil,” he continued.

“If I get a good offer, like from a Brazilian team that wants

to win the Copa Libertadores, then of course money will not be the

only factor that matters.

“I am 29 years old and still think that I can achieve a lot

in football.”