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Fan's View: Why Sam Allardyce is the man to lead West Ham United right now - not Paolo Di Canio
Less than an hour after reading that Sunderland had parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio, I was hearing calls for Allardyce to be relieved of his duties as West Ham United manager - and Paolo brought in to replace him.
Di Canio was, and still is, adored by the West Ham faithful, for his skills and passion; passion which he appears to have taken with him into management.
However, the warning signs were clear in his days at Swindon Town.
The fiery Italian was going to be as controversial as a manager, as he was a player. Some supporters automatically believe that if you are a good player, then you become a good manager - but this is not always the case.
Di Canio roared into Sunderland at the back end of last season, causing a stir along the way, and to the disappointment of a lot of the West Ham supporters.
West Ham fans have always touted Di Canio as being a future Hammers manager, but I have an issue with this.
Di Canio has been one of the best players I have ever seen in Claret & Blue in my generation but I couldn’t imagine him being in the dugout, making changes that we didn’t agree with, signing players who were not up to standard - as he has done at Sunderland - and seeing the supporters getting on the back of a club legend.
I also believe it would be completely unfair on Sam Allardyce.
Big Sam is going through his first real rocky part of his West Ham career, with the team's lack of wins and goals, already concerning the supporters.
But he is solid, someone I trust to take the club further than he has already, and knows the game inside out.
Di Canio on the other hand, could be too much of a risk, and as much as I love the dream of Di Canio leading the club out at the Olympic Stadium, the reality is that the Italian carries a lot of baggage.
Paolo Di Canio, right now anyway, is not ready for the Premier League or West Ham United.