Zola unhappy with Kinnear
Gianfranco Zola is less than impressed with Newcastle's interest in Hammers skipper Lucas Neill.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 17/01/09 12:53pm
Gianfranco Zola says he was less than impressed with Newcastle's interest in West Ham United skipper Lucas Neill.
Magpies manager Joe Kinnear revealed on Thursday that the club had made an enquiry for the defender, before ending interest in the Australian later that day.
Newcastle issued a statement insisting they respected West Ham's decision not to let the 30-year-old go.
But the Hammers claimed they received no approach from the Tyneside club and boss Zola has responded angrily to rumours that Kinnear had been in contact with Neill's agent.
The Italian told The Sun: "This is something I'd never do. I stick to my philosophy.
"I have respect for all managers and I would expect them to behave the same way.
"Lucas is committed and is happy to stay here."
Meanwhile, Zola declared his delight that Luis Boa Morte has decided to stay a Hammer.
The 31-year-old winger failed to agree terms with Hull this week and Zola believes that is good news for West Ham, who appear resigned to losing star striker Craig Bellamy in this transfer window.
Zola added: "Boa is very important for us and is a player who creates the right atmosphere.
"Every time he's played for me, he's done very well."