Gianfranco Zola will consider his future as West Ham manager after the Hammers suffered their sixth straight Barclays Premier League defeat at home to Stoke.

Hull's victory over Fulham at the KC Stadium means that only goal difference now separates West Ham from the relegation zone.

Asked whether he would consider resigning, Zola said: "I have to find out what the problem is. If the problem is me then why not?"

He added: "The players are trying hard for us. The bottom line is to see whether I can help them or not.

"I will consider overnight whether I am doing a good job or not. Right now I am flat because we lost another game and it is not good for me."

West Ham chairman David Sullivan said before the game that Zola would not be sacked if the club lost. Zola said he "thinks" he will still be in charge for next weekend's game against Everton but he expects a week of discussions with the clubs owners.

"I know my duties and I know right now the situation is not going the way it should. I am prepared to accept the situation," said the Italian. "It is going to be a week in which we will be talking to each other."

Tony Pulis believes his Stoke side are one point from guaranteeing their top-flight safety after Ricardo Fuller came off the bench to score a brilliant solo goal.

"If we can get to 40 points that is definitely safe," he said. "We finished 12th last year with 45 points. Only one team has ever stayed up and beaten the tally in the second year.

"It was a fantastic goal. Ric (Fuller) can do that. As a player if he gets in that position he is so strong and his feet are so quick he can do that. It was a special goal."

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