WHU 2009/2010 review
Man for the moment: Scott Parker’s match-winning goal against Wigan took West Ham out of deep relegation trouble
Manager: Gianfranco Zola
Much has been made of the feud between Zola and his two new co-owners. But David and David are not responsible for West Ham suffering their worst ever points total in the Premier League and for a series of woeful performances.
Best player: Scott Parker
Head and shoulders above most of his team-mates with performances that could still see him win a place on the plane to South Africa. The one player Gold and Sullivan do not want to sell.
Worst player: Jonathan Spector
There are plenty of candidates with too many under-achievers in the squad. Striker Carlton Cole has been poor, as had defender Julien Faubert. But it has to be another defender, Jonathan Spector. The American, who will face England in the World Cup, has consistently frustrated and must wonder how long he has left at Upton Park.
Moment of the season
Scott Parker’s goal against Wigan, which effectively kept West Ham in the Premier League. West ham desperately needed to beat Wigan and were drawing 2-2 when Parker produced a stunning effort to take the pressure off Zola.
Will Zola stay? Surely not, after an under-achieving season coupled with the tension between the Italian and the club’s owners. It is probably a matter of when, rather than if he will leave. But who to replace him?
Verdict: 4 out of 10
Very poor season, not helped by Zola’s inexperience, worrying times off the pitch and a team of too many average players. But with so many players available, what lies ahead?