West Ham must resist the temptation to ditch Sam Allardyce in favour of fans' favourite and former player, Paolo Di Canio.
'Big Sam' might not be everyone's cup of tea but given time he will always stabilise a club and despite a recent dip in form, there is no way West Ham will be relegated with him in charge.
He built Bolton into a team that regularly overachieved, even being linked with the England job during his time at the Reebok, and many people felt he was harshly treated at both Newcastle and Blackburn, not really being given enough time to build in the way he had done at Bolton.
Although Di Canio has started his managerial career well with Swindon, before falling out with the club's former owners, appointing him always carries risks.
West Ham appointing him would be akin to Manchester United appointing Eric Cantona as manager. It could turn out to be a genius move but equally it could all turn into a disaster of extreme proportions. The Italian had several mad moments at Swindon and the pressure in the Premier League would only be greater.
Not to mention Di Canio's man-management style. His tendency to publicly hit out at his players is somewhat controversial. Could you see Premier League players on big money with egos to match putting up with his outspoken ways?
Perhaps West Ham fans will not be satisfied with mid-table finishes under Allardyce, but these days, unless a club finds a rich benefactor like Manchester City or Chelsea have done, the chances of achieving much better are extremely slim.
The Hammers should embrace 'Big Sam' and give him a new contract as soon as possible. The time may come for Di Canio to return to Upton Park one day, but at the moment it would be a huge gamble and one that West Ham cannot afford to take.
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