Hammers fans want Di Canio as manager

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West Ham fans want Paolo Di Canio as their next manager, according to a poll conducted by Givemefootball.

Around 34 percent of supporters polled across the PFA's network of official Facebook fan pages decided that the fiery Italian would be the ideal man to succeed Avram Grant at the Boleyn Ground.

Bookies' favourite Chris Hughton pulled just 13 percent of the votes cast, while former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill - who so nearly joined the Hammers in January - was in second place with 26 percent.

Former West Ham defender Slaven Bilic - the Croatia national coach - received a, perhaps, surprisingly low percentage of three, with Irons caretaker manager Kevin Keen failing to even appear on the radar.

Whether or not Di Canio has the credentials to succeed in the Upton Park hotseat remans to be seen, but the 42-year-old would seemingly be a popular choice with the Hammers' faithful.

Di Canio was part of the last West Ham squad to be relegated from the Barclays Premier League in 2003, but is regarded as a hero on the terraces at the famous east London club.


The striker spent four years with the club, being named captain by Harry Redknapp, while he recently had a corporate lounge named in his honour at Upton Park.

However, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan says appointing the former Lazio forward would be too much of a risk for the club.

"If he had done a season anywhere and was, say, top of Serie B in Italy with a team, I would take the chance," Sullivan explained.

"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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