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David Gold denies he or David Sullivan have undermined West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola

PUBLISHED: 17:39 31 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:48 05 October 2010

West Ham's Italian manager Gianfranco Zola gestures after their 0-1 defeat in the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Stoke City at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park in East London, England, on March 27, 2010. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional license required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

West Ham's Italian manager Gianfranco Zola gestures after their 0-1 defeat in the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Stoke City at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park in East London, England, on March 27, 2010. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional license required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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David Gold does not believe he or co-owner David Sullivan have undermined Gianfranco Zola since taking charge in January

David Gold does not believe he or co-owner David Sullivan have undermined Gianfranco Zola since taking charge in January.

The outspoken duo have taken flack for their hands-on approach, but the 73-year-old has defended their stance.

"I don't think David Sullivan set out to undermine Franco. I've known him for a long time and I know that it's (the e-mail to fans) not pre-meditated," Gold said.

"They are his views clearly and we are all entitled to our views. Fans do, they get on their twitters or whatever they are called, they are entitled to. We are all entitled to our opinions and they are all different.

"I would like to think that he (Zola) would say to you, that I show the manager and the management team respect. They are there to do the job and I support them in any way I can."

Gold knows the situation is desperate with the club level on points with third-bottom Hull, but remains optimistic.

"We are on the brink, it is undeniable, here we are, level on points with our competitor, which is predominately Hull and they have a game in hand," he said.

"But who would you rather be, Portsmouth? I don't think so. We are very down and feeling sorry for ourselves, but I'd rather be us."

By Matt Diner


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