Gianfranco Zola says West Ham United would still be a Premier League club if he was in charge.

Zola insists he takes great pride in the job he did - ­especially given the significant ­investment in players made ­under Avram Grant's management.

The former Chelsea great told the People: "It didn't go the way it was supposed to go when I was at West Ham but we're proud of ourselves ­because we played with a team that probably wasn't as good as the team of last season.

"Much credit goes to the players because when I was there they never gave up and it was very much appreciated."

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