Zola only discovered that West Ham had bid for the West Brom and Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans when he read it in the newspapers.

The Italian was equally surprised when Sullivan revealed in an interview that every member of the West Ham squad had been put up for sale, bar Scott Parker.

Zola refuses to discuss his future until the end of the season - but his professional relationship with the co-owners appears to have reached melting point.

"I did say to the chairman that I don't want to get involved in the financial side of transfers because the money is not my problem but I need to know who the players are that I will be coaching," said Zola.

"I think it is quite normal. I am the one who has to coach them and I need to know who I am coaching."

Zola has had his run-ins with Sullivan before this season, when the new owner blasted the team's performance against Wolves as "pathetic" and "shambolic".

Despite feeling undermined, Zola was determined to make his point but not get involved in a public slanging match with the owners.

"When I speak I try to respect all the parties involved. In this situation there are so many parties involved. I do what I do not just for the owners but also for the fans," said Zola.

"I try to believe that in life you have to respect other people in front of you, no matter who they are. I have to live in that way."

Given all the turbulence at West Ham this season, Zola is proud to have kept the club in the Premier League with two matches remaining.

Even if he was to leave Upton Park in the summer, Zola insists his experiences this campaign have not put him off football management.

"The love for the game is massive and that won't change," he said.

"It is normal you have good moments and bad moments. It is how you deal with them that makes the difference.

"I think it has changed me in a better way. It certainly made me stronger and in the future when I have situations like this I would deal with them even better.

"It has been tough because these were all new situations. As a manager you have to approach the problems in a different way and it was tough.

"It was good because I had very good people around me. Every time we had a problem we dealt with it as a team and it worked out very well.

"In spite of all the things that have gone on around us, the players are committed to the club and they will do a job to the end." West Ham tomorrow travel to Fulham - a club where stability has helped Roy Hodgson take them from the brink of relegation into the Europa League final.

"I think he has done a brilliant job this year. I voted for him (as manager of the year)," said Zola.

"I am not envious of him - I appreciate and admire what he has done because I think he has achieved a big result with this team. I have respect for what he has done and I will tell him on Sunday when I see him.

"They have been successful because they have been working very hard and they have a good manager and they have a very good atmosphere. They are all part of a recipe for success.

"Roy Hodgson has created a balanced team where everyone works hard for each other. His experience, his composure has been a vital part in it."