Zola out on his arse within 24hours of the Man City game
Gianfranco Zola’s West Ham future will be decided just 24 hours after the season ends as the club continue to line-up potential successors.
Joint Hammers chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have scheduled a meeting with Zola for Monday.
The Essex-based businessmen and former Birmingham owners have always held end-of-season debriefs with their managers.
But the pair have this time arranged the crunch talks the day after West Ham’s last Premier League game at home to Manchester City on Sunday.
Sources close to the West Ham owners insist no final decision has yet been made on Zola. But the Italian, in charge since September 2008, is expected to either resign from the Upton Park hot-seat or be sacked.
Neither Sullivan nor Gold have been hugely impressed with Zola since gaining power in January in a £50million takeover.
The cash-strapped club, whose debts are £90m, have only just survived with 34 points.
Sullivan and Gold already have a short-list of replacements including Avram Grant, Slaven Bilic and Martin Jol.
But ex-England boss Steve McClaren been removed as a potential candidate after guiding FC Twente to the Dutch title.
McClaren had been sounded out about possibly succeeding Zola at West Ham but has now decided to remain abroad.
And McClaren is being heavily tipped to take charge of last season’s German champions Wolfsburg instead.