Parker: Zola has our full backing

Scott Parker insists Gianfranco Zola has the full support of the

West Ham dressing room, saying the players would ‘back him to the

hilt’.

The Hammers have been unable to shake off relegation troubles

this term, with a 4-1 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday dropping them

back into the mix.

They are precariously perched just three points above the

zone, with just nine games remaining in which to secure top-flight

survival.

While the situation facing the capital club is far from

ideal, Zola is yet to find himself under mounting pressure.

The likeable Italian is still widely regarded as the ideal

man for the job, with Parker keen to offer his support to the Upton

Park management team.

“I know everyone says nice men don’t make good managers but

everybody in that changing room would back him (Zola) to the hilt,”

said the Hammers skipper.

“He’s got Steve Clarke alongside him and they work well

together.

“Gianfranco has that tough side. When you are so passionate

about football, as he is, whether you are a nice guy or not, that

passionate side is going to come out.”

Meanwhile, Parker has also revealed that he is still hoping

to force his way into the England fold ahead of this summer’s World

Cup.

“I always think about England,” he said. “When every squad is

named, I think maybe I could have a chance or come in if somebody

gets injured.

“But if I’m being honest, I would have thought I would have

been involved a little bit more by now.

“All I can do is keep playing well for West Ham. If something

comes of that, then brilliant.”