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Clarke could follow Zola to West Ham

PUBLISHED: 11:56 11 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 05 October 2010

NEW Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola is hoping to extend the Chelsea contingent at West Ham by luring Blues assistant manager Steve Clarke to Upton Park. Clarke (pictured) has worked under Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant and now Luiz Felipe Scolar

NEW Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola is hoping to extend the Chelsea contingent at West Ham by luring Blues assistant manager Steve Clarke to Upton Park.

Clarke (pictured) has worked under Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant and now Luiz Felipe Scolari at Stamford Bridge and developed a close relationship with Zola during their time together at

the club.

He is now the leading candidate to become Zola's right-hand man at West Ham after Pierluigi Casiraghi, another former Chelsea player, revealed he had no interest in a permanent role with the Hammers.

Casiraghi is currently the co-coach of the Italy Under-21 side with Zola and he intends to lead the team into the European Championships this summer.

"I will not go to West Ham [with Zola]," Casiraghi said.

"I do not know what will happen, but I want to stay and make the Europeans, these boys deserve that."

Reports in Italy suggest Casiraghi could still accept a part-time role at the club under Zola while West Ham legend Paulo Di Canio could also be considered for a position in the new set-up.

Di Canio, who was interested in the manager's job, said: "The fact that I've been linked to the West Ham job is a huge source of pride for me.

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