West Ham are today ay Fulham - a club where stability has helped Hodgson take them from the brink of relegation into the Europa League final.
"I think he has done a brilliant job this year. I voted for him (as manager of the year)," said Zola.
"I am not envious of him - I appreciate and admire what he has done because I think he has achieved a big result with this team. I have respect for what he has done and I will tell him on Sunday when I see him.
"They have been successful because they have been working very hard and they have a good manager and they have a very good atmosphere. They are all part of a recipe for success.
"Roy Hodgson has created a balanced team where everyone works hard for each other. His experience, his composure has been a vital part in it."