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West Ham United Sack Avram Grant

Avram, You're The Man.

West Ham United have sacked Avram Grant in the immediate aftermath of their relegation from the Premier League. Grant was sacked after West Ham’s 3-2 defeat against Wigan Athletic. According to The Guardian, he was told he was dismissed while in the players’ tunnel after the loss to Wigan.

After previously managing Chelsea, Portsmouth and most recently West Ham United, it’ll be interesting to see if another English club will give the Israeli a chance. Whether they do or not, the reality is that West Ham United will be playing Championship football next season. And that many of their current players, including Scott Parker, Demba Ba, Robbie Keane, Matthew Upson and Frederic Piquionne, won’t be playing for the Hammers next season.

The challenge for co-owners Gold and Sullivan will be finding a manager who is willing to take charge of a Championship side. Someone like Alan Curbishley or Martin O’Neill could fit the bill, but both men would prefer to manage a Premier League side. Slaven Bilic has been mentioned but he’s focused on getting Croatia qualified for the Euro 2012 tournament. Who else is out there that you think would be a good fit for the West Ham manager position?

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  1. Dan

    May 15, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    It’s obvious really. Former player, man with premier league experience who got a club promoted in one season with over 100 points and is out of work.

    Chris Hughton.

  2. Andy

    May 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    “Who else is out there that you think would be a good fit for the West Ham manager position?”

    Gold, Sullivan and that obnoxious cow Karren Brady can just go and pick someone out of the dole queue at the local unemployment office and they will probably do as good a job as anyone you care to name. At least the Millwall fans are looking forward to meeting West Ham next year and renewing a few old “friendships”. Anyone else see the pictures of the banner towing plane flying over the W. Ham game that Millwall fans paid for?

    • MNUfan1991

      May 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Sven is always available.

  3. Smokey Bacon

    May 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Might be a blessing in disguise. West Ham need to go back to their roots, bring back the academy and develop their own players. Get rid of the dead wood – they have some good young players as someone else has already said on here. Not sure about Warnock coming in. He might be good to get them back up but what they really need is another John Lyall – someone who understands the club, not another outsider.

    • The Gaffer

      May 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Does it matter who comes in though if Gold and Sullivan are still in charge? I have a feeling that an ownership change will need to happen before the club gets back in the Premier League, no matter who the next manager is.

      The Gaffer

      • David the Yank

        May 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

        Couldn’t agree more.

      • Smokey Bacon

        May 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm

        Agreed, the owners are a joke and they are stuck with them. Nobody is going to touch the club now they have been relegated and still with a mountain of debt. Tottenham may yet have a shout at the Olympic stadium if the Hammers don’t bounce back at the first attempt.

        Btw, I feel sorry for poor old Avram who seems like a decent bloke……but that banner was quality.

      • brn442

        May 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm

        Gaffer, I respectfully disagree. People forget what an utter mess West Ham were in – both on and off the pitch before Sullivan and Gold came in, thanks to the Icelandic “biscuit men.” Bloated staff, ridiculous wages – the club probably would have been in administration by now.

        Keeping Grant on in hindsight obviously didn’t work out, like I have said previously – he should have gotten the sack around Christmas. That said, they should be given some credit for not turning the whole thing into a circus after the whole Martin O’Neil thing came out. People on this Blog can’t have it both ways: would you prefer the club was owned by a chain of detached shadowy foreigners who couldn’t make out the east end from a packet of crisps and are so broke they can’t pay the receptionist, much less the players (Portsmouth.) Are we going to criticize the likes of Mike Ashley for their ruthless sackings but berate Gold and Sullivan for keeping faith in their manager?

        They say that there is a contingency plan in case of relegation, the whole Olympic Stadium thing brings its own complications again. West Ham may bounce back up, they may flounder in the second tier for years, who knows but it’s a bit unfair to judge the current owners before one full season in the Championship.

        • The Gaffer

          May 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm

          Gold and Sullivan got West Ham out of the Icelandic mess, but I’m not confident that they’re the men to lead the club forward.

          I hope to see West Ham back in the Premier League in the near future, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they have a tough time coming back up from the Championship.

          The Gaffer

  4. brn442

    May 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Grant should have been given the sack after West Ham’s pathethic display @ Anfield in the winter. Yes – they had injuries but who doesn’t? Clearly the team was also under-coached, so the entire backroom staff should go as well. Maybe Chris Hutton is available.

  5. Jason

    May 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Classy and West Ham don’t go together. Their owners are shameful. I feel sorry for the supporters. Now that the club isn’t worth as much it would be a good time for some rich Middle-Eastern entity to buy West Ham. The supporters deserve better.

  6. Katic

    May 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I think it is very unlikely that Avram grant will manage in the EPL again. You’ve never heard of any of his players who has ever come out in his favor at any of the other clubs he has managed. He isn’t a bad manager but he isn’t a player’s manager either. He may get a shot at a Championship club or he’ll be able to get a job in Israel again.

    Not sure who West Ham will get as their new manager. Di Matteo or Brendan Rogers if Swansea don’t get promoted are good shouts. Then again someone like Alan Curbishley or Steve McClaren could manage West Ham next year if they know that West Ham won’t sell their best players.

    By the way, I think it was just so stupid to fire the manager with one game left in the season. It would have been more dignified to do it at the end of the season or announcing that Grant would not be coming back. Not very classy of West Ham.

  7. Roderick

    May 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Excellent! I’m happy for Avram Grant. Those owners are money sucking scumbags who know nothing about the game. Grant or any manager for that matter deserves better.

  8. David the Yank

    May 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Now??? What was wrong with *before* the 5-game run-in.

    Grant was *literally* a do-nothing manager at Chelsea, the behind-the-scenes laughingstock

    Same story @ Pompey

    And we all saw rhe idiocy of his decisions, team choices, etc

    But Karen Brady has no clue about football and her owners are even worse.

  9. Dave (dlbags)

    May 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    One London Club up and one down. I really think this is justified. West ham’s team is far better than the results they got. They have solid players and just have played awful all season. I fully expect them to be back up though.

    I wonder how this affects the stadium lawsuit with them and Spurs.

    • trickybrkn

      May 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Let Spuds have it…

      • Keith

        May 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

        Not to rehash old fights but Tottenham shouldn’t move and no new ground should have a stupid track.

        I still don’t get why West Ham want a new stadium but Tottenham and Chelsea have been stuck looking for a place to build for over 5 years and I guess you jump at the opportunity when you can get one, especially when you don’t have to pay millions before getting a cent back.

  10. Keith

    May 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    As a Chelsea fan I hate to see any London team go down. I’m sick of the northern dominance and I root for any London team to stay up. With that being said relegation might actually make sense for West Ham. West Ham’s relegation is going to cause probably the most talented exodus of players the Premier League has ever seen and bring West Ham around £30M. West Ham are in a better situation than most relegated teams however because they have their youth system and will actually be able to start a lot of their younger players. This could actually be the start of something special for West Ham. Reid, Tomkins, Collison, Barrera, Sears, da Costa, Stanislas, Hines, Edgar, and Montano are all young players who could develop into legitimate Premier League players with 1-2 seasons of playing time in the Championship. And because West Ham should actually have cash (money from selling players + money form selling Upton Park) they should be able to actually keep their youth products once they develop in addition to purchasing a new training ground, buying youth prospects from other teams, and hiring a top class development coach.

    West Ham have basically been giving a chance to do a major remodeling project that they needed to do.

    • trickybrkn

      May 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      the player I’m most excited to see is Dylan Tombides. He is an Aussie who have been seeing games with the reserves and scoring at will it seems.

      And the you are right, we do have plenty of young home grown players, and going down will help us get rid of many of the Curbishley panic buys.. Dyer, Boa Morte, Kovac, Ilunga, Upson & Faubert etc … Hitz, Cole, Parker, Green & Piquionne will also go… and free up the wage bill.

      I’ll miss seeing them on TV as much as I do… But I’ll enjoy winning matches.

  11. trickybrkn

    May 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    fired twice in one season… to bad for West Ham they didn’t do it properly the first time. Slaven Bilic in!

    • The Gaffer

      May 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      I don’t see Bilic taking the job. He still has a job to accomplish with Croatia especially with Euro 2012 looming.

      The Gaffer

      • trickybrkn

        May 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm

        Brendan Rodgers then…. 😉

        • The Gaffer

          May 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm

          Hands off Brendan Rogers!!

          The Gaffer

          • trickybrkn

            May 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm

            I was expecting you to say, ‘he’ll be busy managing a PL team.’

            best of luck.

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