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West Ham hero Martin: Axing Zola was huge mistake

Former West Ham United captain Alvin Martin believes the club is paying for dumping Gianfranco Zola last season.

Martin says Zola should never have been axed.

He told talkSPORT: "If there's one criticism of the decisions that have been made since they [Sullivan and Gold] arrived it's perhaps they got rid of Zola too early.

"I know there was a divided opinion about Zola, whether he was a little soft, etc. But what I would say is while I think they flirted with relegation last year it looked like the players were playing for him.

"And I just felt that when you actually make the decision to get rid of a manager like that you have to be 100 per cent certain.

"Now I have to ask myself would Zola have performed any less in terms of quality than the manager they've got in now. Would he have been bottom? We don't know.

"What I am saying is, coming up to Christmas, if Zola had been in the bottom three I think the owners then could have played that card and said 'right ,we're going to make a change'. And that would have put them in a much stronger position than they are now."

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