Cole backs under fire West Ham boss Zola

West Ham striker Carlton Cole claims Gianfranco Zola's decision to stay at Upton Park will lift the club.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole claims Gianfranco Zola's decision to stay at Upton Park will lift the club.

The Hammers are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference and could be in the bottom three by the time they kick off Sunday's clash with in-form Everton at Goodison Park.

The England international told Sky Sports News: "It's what you want to hear your manager say.

"He is a committed man and I fully back him. He is such a nice person, a good manager, and he knows what he is doing.

"I know the results haven't gone our way lately but we are still working hard and hopefully we can stay away from the relegation zone.

"We have not had the rub of the green. The boys always try 100 per cent, all of us are really motivated to beat the drop.

"It is not an issue of us not being 100 per cent committed.

"We want to do it for him. He has got so much charisma and everyone knows what type of person he is.

"Every time I go onto the field I never want to let him down, and no other player in the squad wants to do that either. Everyone loves him and wants to do well under him."