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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