West Ham must sack Grant now….
say’s Danny Fullbrook of the Daily Star.
WEST HAM should bite the bullet, act now and sack Avram Grant.
The longer that David Gold and David Sullivan wait around to see how Grant will take their club towards the gutter, the harder it will be to drag it back.
In two games’ time the Hammers will have played four games in the Premier League and could be sat rock-bottom with no points at all.
They face Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow and then take on Chelsea when the Premier League returns after the international break.
Two more defeats loom on the back of losses already to Aston Villa away and then Bolton at home.
But why should anybody be surprised at what is happening at Upton Park? In my opinion, as a top-flight manager Grant is not the real deal. He should be nowhere near the West Ham hotseat.
He originates from a football outpost in Israel and somehow ended up as manager of Chelsea. Everybody knows the background to his arrival at Stamford Bridge as a sort of Director of Football – the post he occupied at Portsmouth.
Harry Redknapp did not like him looking over his shoulder at Fratton Park and when Roman Abramovich sacked Jose Mourinho, the man from nowhere slipped into his shoes.
His CV included managing the Israeli national team, and his own domestic clubs Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv among others.
Grant had never worked in a major European League, and here he was in charge of Chelsea.
I still maintain that the club’s run to the Champions League Final under his guidance in 2008 was despite, rather than because of him.
I said it at the time, and I still believe it. A sycophantic spell back at Portsmouth – where again he walked into somebody else’s shoes led to his emotional outbursts on behalf of the club as they slipped into administration.
No doubt he cared for Pompey, but why is he not still there doing what Steve Cotterill is and helping the club survive?
The Portsmouth fans could not jump ship, but Grant did and rocked-up at the Hammers. It is no wonder Scott Parker admitted this week that it is going to be a tough season – and it is only two weeks old.
He can already see the writing on the wall and he must be wishing he could escape to White Hart Lane.
Grant is one of the most uninspiring managers I have ever met in football. He seems to have little emotional connection with either the Premier League – or more importantly West Ham.
Yet he has been given the job of keeping them in the Premier League.
The likes of Matthew Upson and Robert Green need a strong manager to help drag them out of their World Cup doldrums, but they have not got it.
Grant’s response to building a new West Ham has been to go back to his old club for well-worn players like Tal Ben Haim and Frederic Piquionne, while bringing in unknown names like Pablo Barrera and Winston Reid.
If Sullivan and Gold wait until the Hammers’ game against Chelsea to make a change, it will be too late – the transfer window will be closed and a new manager would face a huge uphill struggle.
Instead of turning to Grant in the summer they should have broken the bank to land Slaven Bilic. The Croatia boss is still a hero at Upton Park and would have galvanised the playing staff and helped bring in some good young talent.
Maybe he was asking for too much money or too big a transfer kitty, but what price relegation this season? It would cripple the club, like it has done to so many in the past.
Sacking Grant seems an extreme course of action – but it could be the best one.
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