Di Canio fears for his future

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Paolo Di Canio said he fears he may be eased out of West Ham United by the club's manager, Glenn Roeder.

The Italian striker is still angry at being substituted in Monday's 1-0 win at Fulham, and says he has had no explanation. He is worried that, now the Hammers have secured their Premiership status by reaching 43 points, he will be edged out of the first team.

However, Roeder says Di Canio, who has a year left on his contract, is still in his plans, and confirmed he will lead the team against Charlton tomorrow.

"I like Glenn Roeder, he is a good manager... but he hasn't spoken to me since Monday," Di Canio said. "I have played for some of the best managers in the world, such as Giovanni Trapattoni and Fabio Capello, and they would always explain why they did something.

"Glenn is a young manager and he is learning, but I think he should have spoken to me – I go on morals, respect and values. I love this club – and I want to stay here for the rest of my career – but I have to now wonder if I am in the manager's plans for next season."