Former West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola made a positive impact on chairman David Gold, who says that he liked having the Italian at the club.
However, Gold admits that there were a couple of reasons the co-owners had to part ways with Zola in 2010.
Speaking to Blowing Bubbles, he said: ‘It’s difficult to summarise each manager when I could write a story on each of them.
‘Zola was great but his assistant, Steve Clarke, I couldn’t work with him. He wasn’t a good fit for West Ham. The relationship between him and us wasn’t sustainable but I liked Zola very much. He was a proper footballing person.
‘But we decided to let him go because we needed to change it to avoid being relegated the next season…’