Paolo Di Canio linked with West Ham after quitting Swindon post

Current Hammers manager Sam Allardyce out of contract in the summer

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Paolo Di Canio resigned as manager of Swindon last night citing "a number of broken promises" over the League One club's proposed takeover. His availability will attract interest from West Ham, where the Italian was a huge favourite as a player, with Sam Allardyce's contract at Upton Park running out at the end of the season.

Di Canio had issued a statement at the start of this month revealing he was considering his position following the sale of Matt Ritchie to Bournemouth. The 44-year-old, who guided Swindon to promotion last season, claimed he had tendered his resignation last Tuesday but had met with the club's prospective new owners on Friday.

As a result of those discussions, Di Canio revealed he agreed to stay on at Swindon, only to make another U-turn with this announcement as a takeover was still yet to be rubber-stamped.

In the statement, Di Canio said he had resigned last Tuesday and explained: "There have been a number of broken promises made by the club over the time I have been manager."

However, he added: "I entered into a temporary arrangement with the proposed new owners to continue in my role as manager but all this was agreed subject to Football League approval for the purchase of the club being granted by 5pm on Monday 18 February.

"At the time of issuing this statement, I have had no further contact from the proposed new owners and I have been told that, unfortunately, Football League approval has not been granted yet and therefore my temporary arrangement has ended."