Seems Grant has won something…
judging by the smile on his face..
So much for ‘cancelling’ his birthday celebrations. Under-fire West Ham boss Avram Grant turned 56 on Sunday but insisted he could not celebrate his special day after watching his relegation threatened side slip to the bottom of the Premier League after losing 1-0 at home to Birmingham.
But in the early hours of Monday morning it is was difficult to tell who was looking more troubled: Grant or his beleaguered team!
The Israeli manager was pictured leaving the Colony Club Casino in Mayfair at around 3am, just 12 hours after declaring his party was off.
Party’s over: Birthday boy Avram Grant is pictured leaving a casino in London, hours after saying his celebration were cancelled following defeat to Birmingham
‘I am not so happy, my birthday is cancelled,’ Grant told reporters after the game.
‘How can I celebrate? We didn’t score and didn’t win. It is not a happy birthday but it is not me that is important, it is the team.’
Defender Winston Reid insists the whole West Ham squad believe that Grant is the right man to lead the club off the foot of the table despite Sunday’s defeat against relegation rivals Birmingham.
Grant’s position came under serious scrutiny last month but the Israeli clung on to his post despite rumours that the Hammers had lined up Martin O’Neill to succeed him.
He will be under more pressure if his team lose at managerless West Bromwich this weekend but Reid insists that everyone at the club still has faith in the manager and has urged his team-mates to bounce back with a victory at the Hawthorns.
‘We have to start winning games and we have to have confidence that we can go to West Brom and get points.’
Meanwhile, Julien Faubert has denied he refused to sit on the bench during Sunday’s defeat with the French full-back facing a £65,000 fine from the club.
After James Tomkins was inured during the warm-up, Faubert was drafted as a late replacement. But he failed to show, leaving Grant with just six of seven possible substitutes.
Faubert, however, said it was a misunderstanding (that’s cost him) and he left to go attend his young child as his wife had taken their baby son to the hospital.
‘When I arrived they told me there was no problem and I wasn’t in the squad,’ he told The Sun.
‘I told the chief physio I was leaving and he said “OK see you next week.” It was a misunderstanding.’