What David Sullivan has said about giving former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio the West Ham job

West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan is interviewed prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in...

With Slaven Bilic's future in doubt at West Ham United the likes of former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio have been linked with the job.

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic reacts on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Brighton and Hove Albion at The London...

West Ham have won just two of their nine Premier League games so far this season and sit precariously above the bottom three on goal difference.

Slaven Bilic has been a man under pressure all season and it has reached fever pitch since the Hammers' woeful 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton last time out.

The likes of Rafa Benitez, Manuel Pellegrini and Carlo Ancelotti have been linked as potential replacements.

Meanwhile West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio has also been thrown into the mix having professed back in the summer that it is his 'destiny' to manage the East Londoners one day, as reported by Sky Sports.

That has excited some fans who believe Di Canio's passion, style and hardline approach is just what the club needs.

Paolo Di Canio of West Ham United celebrates an important three points gained on what could be his last home game for the club before leaving in the summer after the FA Barclaycard...

But those fans should not get their hopes up if comments from Hammers co-owner David Sullivan back in 2013 are anything to go by.

Di Canio had been linked with West Ham but was appointed Sunderland boss and Sullivan responded by publicly insisting he would not consider him as a future manager of the club because of his alleged controversial political beliefs, as reported by the Evening Standard at the time.

“Fascism is always intolerable but managers, like owners, have an additional duty to the wider community,” Sullivan said in the ES.

“That is why, despite having once considered him a future manager of West Ham, my partner David Gold and I wouldn’t do so now — unless he renounced his extreme views.

“Paolo di Canio is in the top rank of West Ham legends. He has been a tremendous supporter of the club for years and, whenever I’ve met him, struck me as charming, intelligent and what you might call Italian in the extreme.

David Sullivan, West Ham owner and David Gold, West Ham chairman look on during the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley,...

"For all these reasons, I find it very hard to criticise him — but harder still to swallow the events of this week. Put simply, Paolo should not be managing a club until he has convincingly renounced fascism.”

Di Canio did issue a statement claiming he does not support ideology of fascism but Sullivan said the statement was 'too broad'.

The one-time Italy striker famously banned tomato ketchup and sugar during a rollercoaster tenure with the Black Cats.

Not all West Ham fans would welcome him as manager, though, with many feeling the club need a proven top quality boss to take them on to the next level.

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