Zola defends three day break for West Ham squad

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has defended his decision to fly back to Sardinia and give his players three days off following last weekend's defeat to Stoke.

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has defended his decision to fly back to Sardinia and give his players three days off following last weekend's defeat to Stoke.

The Italian was criticised for flying back to his native Sardinia to take part in filming an advert for the Italian government shortly after the defeat.

"The three days off were planned a month ago because we were coming off a busy period and it was a good idea to give some players some time off," Zola told the London Evening Standard.

"I know managers who give their players five days off while the maximum we allow is three days. To be honest this is no one else's business but mine as manager.

"I know what my team need and if I give them a few days rest it is because I believe it is the right thing to do.

"I went to Sardinia and while I was there I did an advertisement, if you can call it that, to highlight the role of the father.

"It was an Italian government project to promote the role of the father in the family because there are problems in that respect in Italy."