Return of Paolo di Canio would be a welcome boost

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Is it time to start preparing for the Championship or should we all stay as positive as we can? Saturday’s thrashing by Liverpool was a bombshell on West Ham’s survival hopes. With the fans crying out for Paolo Di Canio, what can Avram Grant do to win over the fans? 

The most important thing he can do is win against Wigan on Saturday. It has been named the ‘Save Our Season’ game, which is ironic because the last time we played Wigan we were stuck in a relegation battle towards the end of the season on the 24th of April. West Ham came out on top winning 3-2, so the signs are there – we can win this one. 

But with the news of assistant manager Zeljko Petrovic departing the club, could this mean that someone new will be brought in to improve things? Maybe it was just a cost cutting decision. However, after watching that performance on Saturday, fans are feeling less than optimistic. ‘Player absence’ was blamed for the defeat but I don’t think the absence of Scott Parker is solely to blame. 

Our team boasts sheer, raw talent with youngsters willing to give their all. The eighth wonder of the world presently is why we’re not dishing out the results we should be. Nonetheless, there’s never a quiet day as a West Ham fan, I can safely say. 

Every week there seems to be a new injury worry or rumours about management. Chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan are rumoured to have promised Grant that they will provide him with money during the January transfer window to buy players. But we bought plenty of players during the summer, for example, Victor Obinna, Lars Jacobsen, Tal Ben-Haim and others.  

On paper, our team would sound like a top half team. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be any further from the truth. 

The good news is that Zavon Hines has returned to playing and featured for the reserves last week. He will bring a new energy to the team. The 22-year-old has been out since January after injuring his knee. 

So, with that, I’m actually looking forward to the game against Wigan. It should be an intriguing fixture seeing as both teams have something to fight for. Bring it on! 

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