Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pressure Mounts on Avram Grant

Many of the papers today are reporting that Avram Grant has warned his players that there will be no more excuses and it is time to start getting points from games. Ever the dour faced optimist Grant still thinks West Ham can climb up the table,

"There is time to recover but we need to change things and get points. I am sure we will do it. It won't be easy, but we can do it."

The Sun in an article headed "Board Set to Sack Grant" say that David Gold and David Sullivan will meet with Avram Grant this week. The paper claims that the "meeting is the first sign of a serious crack appearing in the relationship between Grant, who is on a four-year deal, and his Upton Park bosses."

Of course owners never meet with managers except when they are going to sack them. Hopefully the meeting might also cover how much money will be available for transfers in January and which players the board should be targeting.

On which note I have a feeling that the Blackburn game could be make or break time for Grant. If the owners are thinking of appointing a new owner then surely they will want to get someone in before the January transfer window.


At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is make or break time ,especially with yet another manager available in the market now.

5 fixtures: Blackburn,Fulham,Everton,Wolves and Newcastle. It is not only make or break for Grant but for the club. Either we take a serious points haul from these 5 games , or we are down. End of.

So what does it mean? It means that the manager must be changed ahead of the Fulham game at the LATEST. Ideally ,teh chnage shud have been made ahead of the game at Ewood Park.

We simply cannot afford to leave points on the table ove rteh next 5 games. And if we do not change the manager, we WILL leave points on teh table.

This is not a time to be indecisive. This is a time to make a decision and get on with trying to help this club survive, rather than drift into relegation,administration and eventual liquidation.

At 5:53 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

I would like to echo the thoughts of many West Ham fans by saying that I do not want to see Sam Allardyce at our club. His personality is bad enough (I prefer Grant's) but his football is even worse (I still prefer Grant's).

If he comes back we may as well have stuck with Curbishley. I would rather go down and rebuild than get turned into Bolton Mark II.

I am not a big fan of Grant and I would welcome the appointment of Chris Hughton. I think Newcastle confirmed what a basket case that club can be when they sacked a manger who not only steadied the ship when it was sinking but sailed to the sunny shores of mid-table in the Premiership. I think with Hughton at the helm we could make the same journey.

At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree on Hughton. Altho,if truth be told, much as i can't stand Allardyce ,if it meant avoiding relegation , i d put up with him. If we go down,I think it is potentially teh end of the club full stop.

At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with a lot of the above comments.
If we go down with our debt i think we could be the first premiership team to be wound up i cant see how we can survive, we need £100m to clear our debt even selling all our best players comes no where near that amount.
Its simple mathamatics its a tragedy waiting to happen.
The owners must act now if we are to have any chance of staying up.
Grant must go now!!
Hughton could be the answer i just dont know,i'll say it again we should have gone for pardew.
bob tht hammer

At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No to Hughton....No to Allardyce.....knee jerk reaction.....we will be grabbing at El Tel soon. No point changing for the sake of it.

Relegation will not mean that the club will go into administration. The two David's will not allow their investments to be lost.

Yes we are in a dire position but perhaps panicking is not be best approach.

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Changing the manager is not panicing. It is common sense ,and good business sense ,because over 17 games Granthas repeatedly shown that he doe snot have what it takes to keep us up.

Panicing is buying freddy ljungberg for 6 million and paying him 80k a week

At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree...changing is not panicking;if you are changing to someone better. I have to say that i dont know that anyone would get any more out of the players. It is them that are to blame.

There is no one better, that I have seen being linked with the post that would be willing to take it on. As I say, yes change if it is gonna be better, but Chris Hughton???Alladyce....do me a favour.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger mick said...

Id rather go down than have Alladyce as the manager and thats the truth

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curbishley is out of work?

At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if allardyce was in charge we may as well get rid of the midfield as its gonna be a severely long ball side. what a muppet.

At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Brian N said...

instead of just looking into recycling old managers(curbs, hughton, alladyce) why wouldn't we look into bringing in someone new and young kind of like we did with zola. he didnt turn out to be the best manager in the long run but he brought an enthusiasm with him right away which is why the guy performed under him right away. All we need is someone who will light a fire to get the guys playing the second half of the season and avoid regulation. anyone who would just be new and passionate about winning would be fine.

personally i dont think we'll see a change but i might help at this point

At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Brian N said...

i meant relegation obviously.

At 12:40 AM, Anonymous Holiday Rentals Nerja said...

I think we should just accept we are going down and plan for the championship with a manager that is gonna have some passion! Avram looks like he could give a flying ****, obviously he does but I wanna see someone putting a boot up the likes of carthorse cole!


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