Report: West Ham consider appointing Roberto Di Matteo as shock Allardyce replacement

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West Ham are reportedly interested in offering Roberto Di Matteo a return to the Premier League.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, West Ham are considering a move to bring Roberto Di Matteo back to the Premier League.

The Hammers have won just twice in 2015, and after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Stoke City, the pressure continues to mount on manager Sam Allardyce.

With Allardyce's contract set to expire this summer, West Ham are expected to let 'Big Sam' leave Upton Park and then find someone to replace him.

Now, Tutto Mercato Web believe that the Hammers could offer ex-Chelsea boss Di Matteo a surprise return to English football.

The Italian, 44, managed Milton Keynes Dons and West Bromwich Albion before replacing Andre Villas-Boas as Chelsea manager in 2012, guiding them to the Champions League crown just months later.

However, Di Matteo lasted just over eight months in the Chelsea hot seat before meeting Roman Abramovich's axe, and after two years out of football, he returned in October 2014 to manage German side Schalke.

So far, Di Matteo has won 12 of his 27 games in charge, but two goalless draws in a row mean they are now unlikely to qualify for the Champions League - which could leave Di Matteo out of a job, according to TMW.

They also report that if he does leave Gelsenkirchen this summer, West Ham would be interested in making him Allardyce's replacement in a surprise move which may make fans recall the last time West Ham appointed a former Chelsea player in Gianfranco Zola - which didn't go too well.

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