Ilan: Zola has lost control of Hammers

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.”