Parker: Zola has our full backing

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.”