Stoke winger Etherington happy for West Ham boss Zola

Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington is delighted with the impact Gianfranco Zola has made at West Ham United.

He told BBC Radio Stoke: "He [Zola] has shown he can be a top manager, he's done a brilliant job.

"When he first came in they weren't sure whether they'd be in a relegation battle or end up where they are now, so he's done really well."

After spending five-and-half-years at Upton Park, Etherington made just one appearance for the Hammers in his last three months with the club, but said he was not forced to leave.

"It wasn't a case that I wasn't in his [Zola's] plans," said Etherington.

"I sat down with him, and it was just time for me to move on, and I know I've made the right move.

"I never fell out with the club, I like to think I repaid them and helped them to get into the Premier League. I might get a few boos, and if I do, then so be it."

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