When Will West Ham's Patience With Avram Grant Run Out?

 When Will West Ham's Patience With Avram Grant Run Out?

Worryingly for West Ham United, Avram Grant’s side is seeming to be in a pattern of repeating what Portsmouth did last season on the field. That is that they’re frustratingly unable to get all three points. So far this season, the Hammers have played 13 matches. Out of those, they’ve won just once, lost six and drawn six. That 7% win percentage is far worse than Portsmouth’s win percentage of 18% last season. At this rate, West Ham United look to be certain relegation candidates unless they can start turning their draws into wins.

Despite what the scoreline suggests, Saturday’s nil-nil draw between West Ham United and Blackpool was a very entertaining match. It was one of those matches with end-to-end action. Blackpool’s Marlon Harewood had a goal disallowed, which was the wrong decision. Richard Kingson, the brilliant goalkeeper for Ghana in the 2010 World Cup, made a wonderful fingertip save to deny Mark Noble from a goal. Pablo Barrera had a golden chance of goal to win the game for Hammers but his shot hit a Blackpool defender instead of the back of the net.

Just like Portsmouth last season, West Ham United are missing that confidence and killer blow to beat their opposition. They show flashes of brilliance, especially from Scott Parker, Frederic Piquionne and Victor Obinna, but it never quite seems to be enough. There’s the negativity of Luis Boa Morte in the side who was booed off the pitch Saturday but held his hands over his ears to send a message to the Hammers faithful. But West Ham also seems to be suffering from poor concentration levels. Silly mistakes, poor defending, lack of composure in front of goal when it truly matters. At the same time, the West Ham United supporters are incredibly disillusioned by the performances of the team. Many of them already seem resigned to relegation.

Is there a link perhaps between Portsmouth and West Ham United? Would West Ham United be in the trouble that they’re in now if that hadn’t sacked Gianfranco Zola? Perhaps we’ll never know, but the one commonality is Avram Grant. He is without a doubt a knowledgeable football manager who could rescue this team out of the relegation zone. But the club’s patience is running out and I wouldn’t be surprised if Gold and Sullivan pull the plug soon before it’s too late. A knight in shining armor won’t turn West Ham’s fortunes around immediately but unless Grant can get his side winning soon, the West Ham owners may be forced into making a decision to appease their ticket buyers.

West Ham’s next match is away against fellow strugglers Liverpool, this Saturday at 12:30pm ET/5:30pm UK time.

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9 Responses to When Will West Ham's Patience With Avram Grant Run Out?

  1. Ethan says:

    No matter which way you look at it, Avram Grant is not the West Ham Manager of the future. In my eyes, it’s Neil Warnock, the current QPR man.

    • patrick says:

      Warnock, the one who would be booooooed forever at Upton? Warnock the moaner in the Tevez affair. Ummm. NO. Think Brendan Rodgers.

  2. patrick says:

    I think you mean Luis Boa Morte. Nigel Reo Coker hasn’t played for West Ham in years…

    I’m not sold on Grant, but know Zola was not ready for the PL. At least not with the players he had.

    West Ham are in this because they don’t close down, they push EVERYTHING through the middle, and they don’t attack the goal. You hardly ever see a follow up on a shot, if they don’t score they put their heads down, as the other team counters.

    They say Grant will be given 10 mil next window… but what do you buy?

  3. Mell says:

    Yeah, Nigel Reo Coker is playing for Villa. West Ham play frustratingly well but could not kill off opponents. A nil-nil score was a shocker result against Blackpool after squandering chance after chance. Two points from two home games were not a good sign I believe. I think if they stick with Zola, they could get something at this point of the season.

  4. Anton says:

    All will be well after next weekend when West Ham will get a result at Liverpool. Then we will be asking the question “When will Liverpool’s patience with Roy Hodgson run out?”

  5. Cory says:

    I believe it was just a month ago when messers Gold & Sullivan said WHU needed 7 points out of the next 4 games & they’ve got 3 to show for it. Something like that at least. The type of attacking West Ham have briefly shown, like Cole’s 1st goal vs. Newcastle, is what is needed. Relying on magic from Obinna (who can’t hit the net for the life of him) isn’t what’s needed. Piquionne fits in nicely and plays well with his back to goal. However, the Hammers suffer due to sitting back after going up (Birmingham) & sitting back from the get-go and going down early (Villa). I’ve never been wholly confident in the center back’s abilities. Da Costa is too erratic and I think Upson needs a solid partner back there. It’d be nice to see WHU invest in a center back in the January transfer window, but I doubt it’ll happen since money’s tight. Having Hitzelspurger back would be a huge benefit, too. Parker could be freed up a bit & move forward even more.

    Ultimately I think if West Ham shores up their defense they’ll start seeing better results – it’s the one constantly sketchy part of their matches (aside from the Arsenal game for the first 88 minutes) all season long.

  6. A real lack of quality upfront in West Ham’s squad I don’t see where their goals wil come from. You also have to wonder whether the new owners will back Grant in the January transfer window

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