Thursday, 4 September 2008

Agent: Di Canio Wants West Ham Job

Former West Ham United favourite Paolo Di Canio has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed Alan Curbishley at Upton Park, with the Italian contacting the club about the post, according to his agent Phil Spencer.

40-year-old Di Canio was a crowd favourite during his four years with the East London club between 1999-2003, with the former Hammers striker a favourite for the job along with Croatian National coach Slaven Bilic, who is also a former West Ham favourite.

The Icelandic owner’s of West Ham have reportedly drawn up a 30 strong list of names for the job, with Spencer admitting that Di Canio would love to be considered.

“We have made moves to talk to West Ham and advised them that he wants to be considered,” Spencer told BBC Sport.

“He wouldn't be putting himself up for the job if he didn't think he was capable of doing it.

‘He just wants the opportunity to sit in front of the decision makers at West Ham to tell them what he would do and how he would take them forward.

“Unfortunately he can't do that unless they invite him to do so.”

While Di Canio is a contender to replace Curbishley, the Italian has never managed before, which could count against him. With a more probable outcome being a assistant manager’s role alongside someone with experience. Maybe Bilic, who is the overwhelming favourite to become the new Upton Park boss.

However, Bilic has refused to be drawn on the matter, with the former Hammers defender preferring to comment on Croatia’s World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.

“The players asked about it - they read it on the internet or the papers or whatever,” said Bilic.

“But we are playing Kazakhstan on Saturday and are just concentrating on that game.”

Two people who were in the frame for the job were Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp and England Under-21 chief Stuart Pearce, but they have both ruled themselves out of the running.

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