Di Canio hints at West Ham move yet Sullivan remains sceptical

Former West Ham star Paolo Di Canio has emerged as a favourite for the vacant managers position after talking to Sportmediaset of his immediate future.

Asked about his managerial plans, Di Canio said: “I think that my future will be in England. Something will happen in the coming days, maybe in a league below the most most important… Enlgish football is loyal, full of pride, and I’m close to returning. It’s the country I love most in terms of football.”

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When quizzed on whether that club may be West Ham, who are now managerless after the sacking of Avram Grant, Di Canio paid tribute to the club: “I’m very sad at the relegation, this team is always in my heart, it has a unique set of fans. I’d do anything for West Ham.”

Since leaving West Ham in 2003, Di Canio played on with Charlton Athletic, Lazio and Athletico Roma, before retiring and featuring as a television pundit.

However, David Sullivan, one of the West Ham owners, suggested on Tuesday that he wouldn’t consider Di Canio, telling Sky Sports: The problem with Paolo is, although the fans would love it, I’m being realistic and he has no experience whatsoever being a manager. If you look at first-season managers the failure rate is enormous. If he’d done a season anywhere and was, say, top of Serie B in Italy with a team, I’d take the chance.

“My heart would say Paolo and the fans would say Paolo. But with someone who’s a complete novice as a manager, with no experience, you just can’t go with it.”

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