West Ham management team remain guarded over future

Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke are not commenting on their futures at West Ham and instead insisted they are concentrating solely on the club retaining their Barclays Premier League status.

Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke are not commenting on their futures at West Ham and instead insisted they are concentrating solely on the club retaining their Barclays Premier League status.

The Hammers' win over Sunderland last week has given them some breathing space as they are four points clear of the drop zone but Zola's future is still unclear.

He told BBC Five Live: "I am the manager of West Ham and my focus is to get them safe and then we will see what happens."

The former Chelsea forward admits the club's struggles this season had come as a shock, adding: "Absolutely. No-one was expecting it would be so tough. I think nothing comes from nothing so I think after this season everyone will be stronger."

However, the 43-year-old has faith in his team to survive.

"We are confident. We are improving, we are determined to keep fighting until the end.

"We know it's not going to be easy, but the determination and fight is there."