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
“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