Former Derby, West Ham and Manchester City star Paulo Wanchope sets heart on managing in England

Wanchope Fights Security Guard

Former Derby County, West Ham United and Manchester City striker Paulo Wanchope has set his heart on a return to England, as a manager.

The Costa Rica legend played 171 games for the three clubs over eight years in England, scoring 62 goals.

While Wanchope will be remembered by fans of the Rams, Hammers and Citizens for his entertaining, languid and skillful style they will also remember his fiery belly underneath.

That fiery streak landed him in hot water recently when he resigned as manager of his national team following a post-match brawl with a steward just seven months after being handed the job.

Costa Rica incident has not dampened Wanchope's enthusiasm

It has not dampened his enthusiasm for management, though, and he has told West Ham's official website he wants to return to England as a boss after taking a tour of his old clubs to enhance his football education.

“I’ve been here for two weeks,” Wanchope told whufc.com as he took in one of Slaven Bilic's training sessions.

"I’ve been at Manchester City and also Everton because they have a Costa Rican player there – Brian Oviedo. I’m also going to see another Costa Rican, Joel Campbell, who is at Arsenal.

"I am always grateful to England and the clubs here because they helped me a great deal in my professional career.

“I was here eight years in all as a player and now I’m looking forward to working here as a coach. Football-wise England is incredible and everyone wants to work here.

“My family too, are looking forward to the possibility. We have two children. My daughter, who is 12, was born here and we also have a son, aged seven.

“I also have dual nationality so we feel we really have a close affinity with this country.”

Wanchope's managerial background

So what are Wanchope's credentials?

He managed Club Sport Herediano from 2008 to 2009 but resigned after growing disillusioned with how the club was being run.

The 6ft 4in former striker then became an assistant to Costa Rica national team coach, Jorge Luis Pinto and after Pinto's departure following the Brazil World Cup and  went on to won the Copa Centroamericana.

That helped Costa Rica chiefs decide to make his position official back in January but it ended in tears in August when Wanchope, a spectator at one of his country's Under 23 matches in Panama, was involved in an altercation with a man in the stands.

While it is unlikely Wanchope could land himself a Premier League job given his lack of top flight experience, he may find a club in the Championship is willing to give him a chance to prove himself in the hotseat.

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