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West Ham legend Dicks slates Zola, Nani transfer policy

West Ham United legend Julian Dicks has slated the club's transfer policy.

Grays Athletic boss Julian Dicks was at the club this week and fears for their survival hopes.

Dicks told the Mirror: "I don't know whether it's Zola or Nani who has been choosing and signing the players, but, for me, there's far too many average players.

"I've watched a few of them and some are not good enough for the Premier League, let alone West Ham.

"I don't need to name them because the fans know who I'm talking about. The likes of Radoslav Kovac and Fabio Daprela are not up to it.

"They've spent some money but are missing a quality striker at the moment. It was sad to see Dean Ashton retire and then Carlton Cole is out injured which is another major blow.

"But if you look through the squad, there's quality there - at least on paper. But the teams around them like Wolves and Wigan have got more fight so the quality goes out of the window.

"And, to be perfectly honest, even some of the so-called quality players that have come in look pretty average to me.

"I felt sorry for Rob Green the other night. He saved them points last season and again this time. But when a keeper makes a mistake it's a goal. When it's a full back or a forward you can get away with it sometimes.

"I remember when I was at West Ham, there was a time when there was a lack of passion in the dressing room. Maybe we had too many foreign players.

"A big part of management is getting the balance in the dressing room right. Zola has to do that. I met him when he first came in, shook hands and wished him well.

"I really hope he can do it. But I'm worried about the club and the way it's going. It's a very tough time ahead."

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