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Decision imminent

Filed: Monday, 8th September 2008
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United will announce Alan Curbishley's replacement within 48 hours, according to reports tonight.

'Club advisor' Kia Joorabchian, speaking to Sky Sports tonight revealed that the Hammers are set to name their 12th full-time manager either tomorrow or Thursday.

Heading the pack at the moment is Italian rookie Gianfranco Zola, the under 21 coach with no previous managerial experience. Also still in the frame on a much-reduced shortlist is Roberto Donadoni, the former manager of the Italian national team who was fired this summer following the Azurri's disappointing showing in Euro 2008.

Joorabchian, talking this evening said:

"They [West Ham] are moving quite fast because they are sensitive to the fact that they want to get someone in. Within 48 to 72 hours you'll probably get some news coming out of them.

"Zola has got a lot of experience in the Premier League as a player. His coaching skills are obviously dynamic and new, and he's built up a big reputation for himself in Italy with the under 21s.

"Donadoni has tremendous experience as a player and I think he is also a very worthy candidate."

Zola, when asked about his possible appointment as West Ham United's third manager in three years during preparation for the Italian under 21s clash with Croatia tomorrow night refused to confirm or deny the news, stating:

"Everything will be resolved shortly.

"Now is not the time for me to talk about West Ham. It would be disrespectful to talk about another job when we are preparing for an important match."

Fans favourite Roberto Mancini is thought to have been removed from the club's shortlist due to his personal financial demands, whilst second favourite Slaven Bilic is understood to have been ruled out due to his insistence on remaining as head coach of Croatia until the new year.

KUMB.com 'New Manager' Poll Results

Poll 1 (Thurs 4th/Fri 5th September, 718 votes)

1. Roberto Mancini 52%
2. Slaven Bilic 29%
3. Gerard Houllier 4%
4. Roberto Donadoni 1%
5. Gianfranco Zola 1%

Poll 2 (Sun 7th/Mon 8th September, 480 votes)

1. Slaven Bilic 51%
2. Michael Laudrup 24%
3. Roberto Donadoni 14%
4. Gianfranco Zola 9%

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Your Comments

by Welwyn Hammer
11:17AM 9th Sep 2008
''Here we go again.

I know they say everyone deserves a chance, and we should all get behind the the Manager and the players, but I get the feeling we will all be discussing this topic in a years time saying I told you so!''

by jl
11:16AM 9th Sep 2008
''This is a decent move to me. He played exciting football as a player and I would expect to see the same if he's appointed. Appoint Di Canio as number 2!''

by Chaz
11:16AM 9th Sep 2008
''Interesting to note that Nani is only concerned about his own role, thus appointing Zola as a puppet. This is going to be doomed from the start. ''

by edi_2spuds
10:53AM 9th Sep 2008
''Why couldn't we have let Bilic do Croatia AND the West Ham job? In my view football management aint rocket science and you are either good at it, or you are not. I think the answer to my own question though is, the technical director and the board want a "yes" man.''

by Hypomanic Hammer
02:58AM 9th Sep 2008
''"His coaching skills are obviously dynamic and new" - perhaps I should use that on my CV when going for a job where I have little experience: my skills in this area are obviously dynamic and new (because I ain't done it before).''

by marc
11:01PM 8th Sep 2008
''if its true about the financial demands of Mancini, isn't it about time we learnt from our mistakes about penny pinching? If you truly want the best you pay, it's as simple as that.

This is what happend to us apparently with Curbs the last time around before we got Roeder and if true, and all for an extra few quid wouldn't it have saved the millions in the long run?

My opinion is if Mancini would come, but on big bucks,then you only need one manager - pay it.''

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