'Everybody is playing their part'

West Ham United are in positive mood before the weekend visit of Bolton Wanderers and the chance for a third straight Barclays Premier League victory.

Talks are progressing well with regard to a new shirt sponsorship deal and an announcement is expected in the near future. Negotiations are ongoing with several potential partners and it is hoped this process could even be concluded soon after Sunday's match when the team will look to build on the form that has taken them up to fifth in the early standings.

The club continues to consider all options with regard to last week's FA arbitration panel ruling and will provide any update via whufc.com as and when appropriate. Our position is that this matter is in the hands of our lawyers and will be dealt with efficiently without disruption to the first team. This will allow the management to concentrate solely on moving West Ham United forward and delivering on-field success.

West Ham United Owner and Chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson said: "As I am sure our fans would agree, Gianfranco Zola has made an excellent start and I am very pleased with his appointment. The work done by the club's CEO Scott Duxbury and the Board to bring Gianfranco and Steve Clarke to the club and to implement a new technical and medical infrastructure should be applauded. It is clear to see that the first-team squad under the new manager remain focused on the task in hand and determined to achieve the success that will move the club forward."

Commenting on the spirit at the club in the match programme for Sunday's game against Bolton, manager Gianfranco Zola said: "This is my fourth game and things are going very well. I have a good relationship with Scott Duxbury. This week we had a meeting at the training ground and I am really pleased with the way things are progressing. We are trying to establish a positive working group here and everybody is playing their part in the success of the team."