Roberto Donadoni has pulled out Tuesday of the race to become the new manager of West Ham United.
The former Italian national coach was a candidate to become the new boss at Upton Park following last week’s resignation of Alan Curbishley, but Donadoni withdrew his application as it became increasingly clear that compatriot Gianfranco Zola was the preferred candidate.
“I would like to thank West Ham United Football Club for approaching and speaking with me in relation to the vacant manager’s position at the club,” Donadoni said in a statement.
“I welcomed the opportunity of speaking with such a prominent Premiership club and of course, the opportunity of coming to the English Premiership.
“However, is does appear that the board have not yet, after some time, come to an agreement and a conclusion on who the successful candidate should be.
“It is important for me to feel that I have the full support of the club and I have therefore this morning taken the decision to withdraw myself from the candidate shortlist for the club.”
Zola, who became a popular figure in English football during his time as a striker with Chelsea in the 1990s, is currently in charge of the Italian Under-21 side.