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Zola keeps calm in the crunch

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West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola insists he is not worried the club's uncertain financial position could ruin his first season as a boss.

Owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson has seen his personal fortune hit by the global credit crunch and the club is also searching for a new sponsor after the collapse of travel firm XL but Zola does not expect to be forced to sell players and does not mind being unable to sign new ones.

He said: "I spoke to (chief executive) Scott Duxbury and he said the situation has not changed for the team as the club is okay. The situation is under control," said Zola.

"It isn't a worry very much and I am confident things will be better very soon.

"Right now I don't need to buy anybody. We have here enough to achieve our target. I am not worried about January at all."

Any departures would be surplus squad players, the Italian insisted.

He said: "We have a lot of players here and obviously I can only play 11, although I can put seven on the bench. So I will have a big squad when everyone is back from injury.

"Then we will have to make some choices because I don't want anyone staying here and not playing, just training."

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