Grant: No contact with Di Canio

Published Nov. 27, 2010 7:15 p.m. ET

Grant feels his team could learn a thing or two from the Italian - but maintained there had been no formal contact regarding the possibility of bringing the striker on board. Di Canio, who played for the Hammers between 1999 and 2003, was back at Upton Park for Saturday afternoon's 3-1 Premier League win over Wigan to visit the hospitality suite named in his honour. The Italian, 42, has been touted as a possible strikers' coach for the club, who this week appointed former Brentford boss Wally Downes to work with the defence. Grant is looking to reshape his backroom staff following the departure of assistant manager Zeljko Petrovic, but insisted Di Canio had not been approached. "There have been a few names, but I did not speak with him," Grant said. "We want to build West Ham step by step and are looking for more specific coaches which will do specific jobs." Grant added: "For me, Di Canio is always welcome at this club. "He is very respected and I had the honour to see him playing a few times, he was a great player. "If he can teach our players how to play like him, I will take him!" Grant is happy with Downes' contribution so far. "We wanted to do something about the coaching staff, which I spoke about with the board when I came here," he said. "We had a chance to bring a defensive coach in after Petrovic asked to leave. "I interviewed a few people and am very happy Wally came. He is a good guy with a lot of knowledge about the game." Grant, though, dismissed speculation over his own position. "I never think about myself, I am in a job where there are always rumours," said the former Chelsea and Portsmouth boss. "I just need to concentrate on my job, that is what I have done all my life and will do in the future."