Parker speaks up for 'talented' Zola
Tuesday 27 April 2010
Scott Parker, whose winning goal against Wigan on Saturday all but secured West Ham's place in the Premier League, has paid a heartfelt tribute to Gianfranco Zola, the club's beleaguered manager.
"A lot of people say he is a nice man but he is not just a nice man – he is an extremely talented and good manager," said Parker, who hugged the Italian after scoring on Saturday. "People will say I would support him but, from the bottom of my heart, he is a good man and is a very good manager. It has been a horrible season, but we have put up with a lot of mess."
Parker also credited Zola for his own impressive form this season. "I don't think I would have had the season I have had without him behind me," he said. "He has given me massive belief and confidence, and from my reaction [after the goal] you can see that I respect him."
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