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West Ham boss Zola not put off management

West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola says he wants to continue with a career in management.

Zola insists this season has not put him off management - quite the opposite. He has often said this season has given him the experience of five years in the job.

"It has made me even more focused and determined to improve," said Zola.

"It has been a test and I will get better."

If Zola is to leave then Sunday's clash with Manchester City will be his final match in charge. A victory could see the Hammers finish as high as 14th.

The West Ham fans have taken to the former Chelsea striker and 14,000 supporters gave him a rousing ovation when he made a 20-minute cameo appearance in a midweek testimonial match.

"It is not for me to say (whether the owners pay attention to that). Everyone takes on board what they want," said Zola.

"People are allowed to doubt my job because it might not have been good - but the passion, work and effort we put into the job was massive and the people understand that, which I appreciate.

"What we do is not just about money. We do it because we enjoy it and we want to give pleasure to the supporters.

"The reception was fantastic. It meant a lot."

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