Since West Ham United returned to the Premier League many fans felt Sam Allardyce proved what he was capable of. However, now we have got back to the ‘holy land’, is now the time to part with him or stand by what he has to offer?
From the moment he joined Big Sam was fighting an uphill battle with many of the West Ham faithful, due to plenty of fans fearing he would take the ‘route one’ approach and we would lose our touch playing the ‘West Ham way’. But with good reason and a successful first season in the Npower Championship he restored all trust in the fans and winning us promotion and proving all the doubters wrong.
With every streak things have to come to an end (unless your Sir Alex Ferguson) however, in the modern day of football managers come and go so fast and any idea of loyalty, commitment and time are out of the window and I am sure many fans don’t want to see Big Sam one of the next few managerial casualties this season.
I personally feel as great as Big Sam has been for us and as much as I would love him to stay for at least two more seasons, I can’t help but crave for the day Paolo Di Canio takes over and puts his stamp on the club again. This is a view I’m sure thousands of other West Ham fans agree with.
By having Di Canio as manager we would go in a complete new direction as to what Big Sam has taken us in and I think that is a change that has to happen if not sooner, then at least later at some point.
As a player he won the heart of every Hammers fan, playing with passion, pride and a genuine love for the club that won a place in his heart still today – he even has his own box at the ground.
It is clear that we are the club that he wants to manage and he was even considered as an option before Big Sam was hired. But because of his lack of experience managing in English football (well football all together) he was told to get some experience and then in the future he would be considered a strong contender.
Since his career started as a manager he has had two fantastic seasons with Swindon Town, guiding them to a promotion in the 2011-12 finishing Champions of League 2. He also won a personal accolade, receiving the 2012 League 2 Manager of the Year award. Despite Swindon Town being 5th in League 1, the club and Di Canio parted ways.
Di Canio has so far been strongly linked with a move to Reading, but this was dismissed by Di Canio, creating more speculation he is being lined up for Big Sam’s replacement as he still hasn’t signed a new contract with the Hammers.
Although I am dying for Di Canio to be hired as manager I do feel that this should happen in 2 years time and not now because what Big Sam has/is accomplishing there is no need to change a formula that appears to be working and disrupting a squad and staff morale. If Di Canio can hold out for a couple more seasons and keep testing himself at lower levels or another Premier League club, there is no doubt he will be the next man to take charge at Upton Park (or the Olympic Stadium depending on the year) who knows that might just be the plan they have up their sleeves (David Gold and Sullivan that is).
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