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His name is Luca, he's been shown the door

Filed: Wednesday, 24th February 2010
By: Staff Writer

Technical director Gianluca Nani has been fired by West Ham United's new owners, according to reports.

The Italian was brought in to assist Alan Curbishley in the summer of 2008, with his main role being that of chief scout. However his position (and salary of some 300,000) was considered surplus to requirements by new joint owners David Sullivan and David Gold, who are understood to have dismissed the Italian last weekend.

Nani, who joined the club from Serie B outfit Brescia, where he was general manager, was brought in to West Ham in order to discover the best young talent from around Europe. However shortly after his arrival the club's financial situation changed for the worst and Nani was forced instead to hunt around the bargain bins for free transfers, virtually rendering his position untenable.

Commenting on his arrival at West Ham back in March 2008, Nani said: "I know that the academy at West Ham is the best in England and maybe the world, but I think we are in a global market now. If we try to find players from abroad it doesn't mean that we have to break the best Academy in England.

"We have to improve the English players too because the fans like to recognise English players. Because we have this power, this capacity here at West Ham we have to push all the time to find English players without losing the chance to bring in the best foreign players.

"We have to follow this tradition, we have to keep alive, we have to push - but it doesn't mean that we have to lose the possibility to get in a player like Kaka, or Adriano - why not? It'll be a profit for the club, bringing players from abroad."

Signed by Nani - the good, bad and the ugly

Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson - nominal fee. Currently on loan at Belgian Jupiter League side KSV Roeselare.

Valon Behrami - 5million, Lazio. First team regular.

David Di Michele - loan signing for the 08/09 season, now playing for Lecce (officially on loan from Torino).

Walter Lopez - free transfer, barely featured under Gianfranco Zola. Now playing for Nani's former club Brescia.

Diego Tristan - spent a year at West Ham before being released. Now playing in the Spanish second division for Cadiz CF.

Savio Nsereko - Nani's biggest flop. Signed with a fanfare for a fee said to be worth up to 9million, left without a whimper. Sold to Fiorentina, who have loaned him to Bologna.

Peter Kurucz - Young 'keeper who is currently the understudy to Rob Green.

Luis Jimenez - A huge flop. Sent back to Inter halfway through his loan spell.

Herita Ilunga - An excellent first season but has failed to match that performance this term.

Frank Nouble - The first - and only - home grown played signed during Nani's reign. Currently on loan at WBA.

Fabio Daprela - Promising full back who impressed on his first team debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup last month.

Radoslav Kovac - Initially signed on loan before making the move permanent (in a 2million deal). Finally beginning to show signs of his pedigree.

Alessandro Diamanti - Hailed by some as the new Di Canio, said to cost 5.7million from Livorno.

Manuel Da Costa - Young centre half signed in a swap deal plus cash with Savio. A regular substitute.

Guillermo Franco - Free transfer and one of the few to make an impression on the first team.

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by Niran Ade-Onojobi
02:03PM 27th Feb 2010
''Hammers need to move forward as I agree that Luca's position is untenable. We need to trim down and be prudent. Zola should be empowered to bring in desired players. With due respect to Luca he did not bring in players that actually set the stage alight. Hammers need to hunt in this direction and an empowered Zola can achieve this.''

by gary
04:54PM 24th Feb 2010
''Good riddance, need anymore be said...''

by ged walters
01:46PM 24th Feb 2010
''At last. The last one in a line of expensive kn@@@@@@s to be kicked out the club. Oh I forgot, there's still Kieron Dyer left...''

by John J
01:03PM 24th Feb 2010
''Good article, and a very mixed bag of talent to be sure, but probably not very different in terms of success/failure ratio to earlier regimes. You're right about Savio - what a shame - hope he does well eventually. Still have high hopes of Frank Nouble though, but was disappointed with his performance for WBA against Bristol City at the weekend.

Good to see that G&S are getting to grips with the Icelandic inheritance, and we'll be better off for it in the long run. Hopefully the PL will draw up new, more sensible rules to stop the extavagent spending that clubs feel compelled to do. I know that England is the original home of free enterprise, but unrestrained borrowing is obviously unsustainable. Seeing what's happened to Pompey, we can only think that there but for the grace of God go we.''

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