West Ham Committed to Avram Grant - Ha!
West Ham have finally released an official statement about the future of Avram Grant. Contrary to all rumours the club claim that they 'are committed to retaining Avram Grant as manager and have identified potential transfer targets to give us the best possible chance of retaining Premier League status.'
The statement also says it denies 'allegations made in today's Daily Mirror with regard to Karren Brady' and has placed the matter in the hands of their lawyers.
The Mirror claims that Brady has been talking to senior players at the club asking them if they wanted to demand the manager’s head.
Most of the newspapers seem to think that West Ham are far from committed to Avram Grant and have only been forced to retain him because of their whole mishandling of the situation. The leaking on Saturday that Grant was about to be sacked seems to have put off O'Neill and other managerial targets.
Obviously I don't want to get involved in any legal battles over the claims that Brady has been trying to get the players to revolt against the manager. However I can't help wondering if Parker's absence on Saturday had anything to do with his feelings over the way Grant was being treated by the club.
I have also heard pretty strong rumours that the BBC's 'inside source' on Saturday was Karren Brady and that she was personally responsible for the rumours that Grant was to be replaced by Martin O'Neill after the Arsenal game.
Whatever has happened behind the scenes at West Ham one thing is certain. The present owners have completely mishandled the situation, have seriously damaged the reputation of West Ham, have seriously undermined Avram Grant and also seem to have pissed off a number of senior players.