Several online media sources are suggesting West Ham United will replace Sam Allardyce with Paulo Di Canio at the end of the season.
Don’t believe a word of it because it seems like such a stupid decision to make, West Ham possibly couldn’t even consider it.
Sam Allardyce may not get his teams playing the most flamboyant football fans have ever seen but he is experienced and knows what he’s doing at Premier League level.
Di Canio is an unproven coach who has been effective at lower league level and the only reason sources are talking about this possibility is because of his West Ham history.
Allardyce’s contract is due to expire in the summer, which has led to speculation over his future and has raised questions over why a new deal hasn’t already been provided.
Many managers in the Premier League, including Sir Alex Ferguson, wait until each summer before seeing whether their club is going to offer them new terms for the following season and beyond.
The reason West Ham should avoid Di Canio like the plague is because he creates more problems than his ego, profile or massive wages justify.
His time at Swindon was littered with examples of players throwing their toys out of the pram at the way they had been treated by the feisty Italian coach.
Allardyce is a manager who has very clear ideas, a very clear method and a clear path he wants to lead West Ham along.
Considering the importance of Premier League football and pushing for European places in the modern game, where’s the sense in risking any of that by bringing in a manager who has no experience in the top flight of any European league, apart from his playing days.
West Ham are also a club driven by solid guidance from the very top, by individuals who make business decisions for the good and longevity of the club.
God help them if they get in Di Canio’s way because this is the same guy who shoved a referee to the floor as a player.
Some Hammers fans will be shouting his name from the roof tops but it could be a terrible decision if any switch takes place this summer. Realism is the key word in all of this.
What do you think Hammers fans?
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