Filed: Friday, 7th January 2011
By: Staff Writer
Avram Grant has shrugged off intensifying rumours regarding his future at West Ham.
The club's 13th full-time manager, who has been in the Boleyn hot-seat for just six months is under pressure follows the club's disastrous first half of the 2010/11 season, in which his team have managed to secure just four wins from 22 games.
To add to his woes, a series of recent fans' polls have overwhelmingly supported Grant's removal. Yet the Israeli remains confident - in public, at least - that he can still save the club's season.
"We are not analysing only one game, we are analysing the whole situation - and there are at least ten teams more or less in the same position," he said today during the Barnsley pre-match press conference.
"In football many people say that you are as good as your last result but we know what we are doing. In the last five games we drew two and we won two, one of them with Fulham away which is a very difficult place to play. We won a six-pointer against Wolves and then came the Newcastle defeat."
Referring to a question regarding his own future, he continued: "I don't have anything to say about this - I am used to it almost from the day I arrived. I need to do my job, the other things are not my area.
"For me it is like any job. It only matters what your boss is telling you and not what other people are telling you. I have a good relationship with the owners and we are only concentrating on how we can make our squad stronger, and not other things."
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12:34PM 8th Jan 2011
''Lets be honest - the window of opportunity to get rid of Grant and maintain our Premier League status has probably passed and I suspect with a strategic intent from the owners.
Season ticket sales this year were almost 40% down on last season and the club are virtually now begging people to attend games. The season ticket fan base of the club has an average age of between 40-50 years old and there's very little to inspire youngsters to want to come and see what is the worst West Ham team ever even for 'A Quid'.
Fans that purchased season tickets this year are increasingly annoyed that having shelled out an average of £30 to £40 per game the same tickets can now be bought for £20 on match days. This suggests that next years' season ticket sales will be even lower.
So from a strategic viewpoint there is good reason for the club to get relegated. Grant will be the scapegoat as will the dozen of so inadequate players on big money contracts responsible for our demise. We'll start next season (Almost certainly the last at the Boleyn Ground) with a new manager and a virtually new squad of younger, keener players. I suspect the new manager already knows who he is and is already scouting for his summer purchases.
The aim will be for us to return to the Premier League in 2013 with a new ground, a new manager (Probably Di Canio) and hopefully a completely different squad. From a business perspective it'll be a total 're-brand' of the club that's neccessary not just for the survival of the club but for the future prosperity of it.
Lets hurry up and get this season over with, bury the past which in all honesty flatters to deceive and move towards a brighter future. Some of us that have been around a long time might not relate to what the future holds for the club but that's progress and that's what's needed.''
by keith cockayne
10:42PM 7th Jan 2011
''My first instinct is to say that Grant must go. He does not appear to actually realise that the team is in dire danger of relegation and that recent successes owed much to luck ie the equaliser against Fulham and the lead against Everton.
Ok, luck has run against us too, but we were looking down and out until we scored at Fulham - and Wolves' own goal was also a stroke of luck.''
10:19PM 7th Jan 2011
''Sums it up really. He does not live in reality as with his 'we have done well' comment. Sometimes we have to put our hands up and say 'I do not know what I am doing here' and exit stage left.''