The inevitable end for Avram Grant

I’d imagine all West Ham fans are pleased to see the club have wasted no time in showing Avram Grant the door in the wake of their relegation. I fully expected Grant to go the day after the Hammer’s relegation, but even that would have been a day too long for him at the club.

I obviously don’t know Grant and he comes across as a decent bloke, but I think we -the jury – are now certain that he is guilty of being a crap football manager.

He did well as manager of Chelsea, where he had a ready made team that was used to winning. He got relegated at Portsmouth with well documented problems at the club, but he did get them to the FA cup final.

West Ham was his big chance to prove that he was a good manager. He had owners prepared to pay big wages and experienced internationals in his squad, he was on an even playing field this time and he blew it in a big way.

To get relegated would be bad enough, but to go down as the bottom club and a week before anybody else is a major underachievement given the resources available to him.

Grant appears to have a good knowledge of the game, but I think he is best used in an administrative role.

Owners, Gold and Sullivan have to take their share of the blame. They appointed Grant, they then backed him at Christmas after undermining him in public and are now paying the price for their own mistakes.

The big question now is, are they going to pay with their wallets, or are they going to put the club in administration?

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Why bother watching West Ham?

I’ve heard and read a lot of flak aimed in the direction of the West Ham board of directors for their non show at Eastlands to watch – in David Sullivan’s view – the teams latest poor away performance.

Sullivan came out with the excuse that as the team have been poor lately and the match was on tele, there was no point in going.

I sincerely hope the West Ham fans don’t adopt that attitude to watching the team when they are poor, as there won’t be much of a club left in 12 months.

Sullivan has to take his share of the blame for the teams poor showing. There’s not much point in him complaining that he isn’t a £20,000- £60,000 a week footballer and blaming everyone else, as it was he and the board who appointed Avram Grant – the main reason why they are where they are.

On top of that, it was he and his board who kept Grant in his job last January after making a pig’s ear of recruiting Martin O’Neill. Sam Allardyce has also been available since December, like O’Neill, another man who would probably have kept the Hammers up.

Basically I see Sullivan’s comments as the beginning of the end for Grant. It looks like the same appauling attempts at undermining the manager as he and David Gold kept doing to Gianfranco Zola last season, again when the team was in the midst of a relegation scrap.

A lot of what Sullivan said is true, but you don’t undermine the team and manager in this way at this stage of the season, he needs to keep it to himself.

Sullivan is a part of the board that appointed and kept Grant, so he has to accept he is just as much to blame.

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West Ham Board 100% Behind Avram Grant

So says David Sullivan anyway. Not sure I’m totally convinced about that, but what else could he say really?

The two David’s have been getting plenty of stick over their handling of the whole Avram Grant affair. West Ham legend Julian Dicks had a swipe at them yesterday and just about every media outlet in the whole of the UK has been reporting about how Avram has handled himself with such dignity.

Personally, I’m not sure I agree with that. What were Grant’s choices? He either walks and loses his sacking windfall, or he keeps his mouth shut and gets on with things, then if they do sack him, he gets his failure pay out. Would dignity not to have been to say ‘I’m not standing for this’ and walking out?

I’m also not sure if this has been handled as badly as we’re told it has been. Why? Well because West Ham needed to have a replacement lined up for when they sacked Grant, every properly run club usually already has their next manager lined up before they sack the current one. So why is it so wrong for West Ham to have done this?

One instance in which it would be wrong is if the Martin O’Neill story was leaked by Gold or Sulliavan. The two clearly went out of their way to undermine Gianfranco Zola last season. They released details of his contract and said things like they expect him to take a wage cut at the end of the season. They were clearly briefing against Zola and it looked like a deliberate attempt to force him out in my view.

Maybe they were doing the same with Avram Grant, by deliberately leaking the O’Neill story. If so, this is wrong and it might go some way to explaning why O’Neill apparently changed his mind late on.

Or maybe O’Neill just watched Saturday’s match with Arsenal and realised the reality of the situation!

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