I’ve thought about this a lot, and I don’t want my words to be misinterpreted in any way, but I am horrified that five people on the shortlist of six are said to be Italians. I have nothing against Italians, but would say the same whatever their nationality. I don’t want West Ham to be turned into another Liverpool or Arsenal where British born players are a novelty item and the team consists almost entirely of foreigners. I am not being at all xenophobic, but I just want the owners of the club to recognise that West Ham has traditionally recruited from within its own and attracted players from the local area. Maybe now is the time to recruit someone from outside that gene pool, but are we really saying that the only good managers are Italian managers?
If reports are to be believed, Zola and Di Canio are two of the leading contenders. I’d love to see Paolo Di Canio back here, although possibly as a number two. We cannot take chances over this appointment and need someone with some managerial experience, which both Zola and Di Canio lack. At least Roberto Mancini has buckets of it. But if he came I would bet you anything you like that within two years a British player would be a rarity in a West Ham first eleven.
I know who I would like to see offered the job and I will be telling you later!