Paolo has passion for Hammers

BY foxsports • May 18, 2011

The 42-year-old has a coaching license and has been linked with a return to the Hammers following their relegation from the Premier League under Avram Grant, who was swiftly relieved of his duties on Sunday. "I believe my future will be in England," Di Canio told Sport Mediaset. "In the next few days something will happen, perhaps in an inferior division. "English football is loyal, full of pride and I believe I'm close to returning to England. It is the country that I most love from a football standpoint." The former Sheffield Wednesday and Celtic striker spent a total of seven years in the Premiership, four of which were at West Ham. "I am very saddened by West Ham's relegation," he said. "This team has always been in my heart. "They have unique supporters. I would give everything for West Ham. I even have a Hammers tattoo." Di Canio is thought to be on a three-man shortlist to replace Paul Hart as boss at Swindon, recently relegated to League Two. Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann and ex-Scotland boss George Burley are also said to be contenders for the County Ground role.

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