Sir Trevor Brooking speaks out
Sir Trevor Brooking hassuggested that any new West Ham United manager may want assurances that co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will take more of a back seat.
Gianfranco Zola was sacked by West Ham yesterday after 18 months in charge, following a turbulent season in which the club narrowly avoided relegation and with the Italian repeatedly at odds with the owners after they bought the club in January. Zola claimed he was in the dark over a bid for West Bromwich Albion’s Graham Dorrans and was unhappy at Sullivan branding one performance “shambolic” and “pathetic” and telling a newspaper every player was up for sale except for Scott Parker.
Some big names have been linked with the vacancy but the likes of Avram Grant, Mark Hughes and Martin Jol are unlikely to take kindly to such a high level of interference from the boardroom.
“Every club is different and every owner is different,” said Brooking. “We’ll have to see what happens over the summer. I’m sure there will be discussions about how it’s going to operate. That’s for the new person to try to get some clarity before they come in.”
Zola guided the Hammers to a creditable ninth-placed finish last season, but the financial crisis at Upton Park meant no chance of a repeat this time around.
“It’s a shame he’s gone, he tried hard at the club and did well in the first season, probably over-performed,” added Brooking. “But then we had the financial issues and players were sold. James Collins to Aston Villa in August was a big loss – we had quite a few clean sheets the season before and not too many this time.
“Everyone was disappointed to see Gianfranco go. The top priority was to stay up. West Ham fans are used to rollercoasters but it’s going to be a challenge to whoever comes in.”