Avram Grant feels his West Ham team could learn a thing or two from Paolo Di Canio - but maintained there had been no formal contact regarding the possibility of bringing the striker back to Upton Park in a coaching role.
Di Canio, who played for the Hammers between 1999 and 2003, was back at Upton Park for this afternoon's 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Wigan to visit the hospitality suite named in his honour.
The Italian, 42, has been touted as a possible strikers' coach for the club, who this week appointed former Brentford boss Wally Downes to work with the defence.
Grant is looking to reshape his backroom staff following the departure of assistant manager Zeljko Petrovic, but insisted Di Canio had not been approached.
"There have been a few names, but I did not speak with him," Grant said. We want to build West Ham step by step and are looking for more specific coaches which will do specific jobs.
Grant added: "For me, Di Canio is always welcome at this club. He is very respected and I had the honour to see him playing a few times, he was a great player. If he can teach our players how to play like him, I will take him!"