Filed: Saturday, 15th January 2011
By: Staff Writer No.2
Sky Sports News is reporting that this evening's match against Arsenal will be Avram Grant's last - whatever the outcome - with Martin O'Neill being strong favourite to replace him.
Sky Sports reporter David Craig made the claim today following receipt of a message from "a senior source from within the club" at 1.45am this morning.
Grant's future has been the subject of intense speculation for some time, despite a record that includes only one defeat from the last seven matches.
The manner of that defeat - the 5-0 drubbing at Newcastle - prompted discussion of the manager's position at a board meeting last week.
Following that meeting the board made no comment on the situation and Sky are convinced that Grant now has only hours left in the job.
This seems to be reflected in the current betting odds where O'Neill is said to have been backed from 20-1 against to 2-1 ON to take over at the Boleyn.
However the Guardian have since reported that 'a senior board member' has told them that Grant will NOT be fired today.
We'll have more on this story as and when it develops.
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03:48PM 15th Jan 2011
''At least O'Neill will show some emotion and passion. Players always respond better to someone who has actually played the game. I think he will be a good influence on our talented youngsters and will turn things around and bring stability back to our great football club.''
11:11AM 15th Jan 2011
''Well if it is the Last supper we're all Judas. We never should have sacked John Lyall, he should have been there until he retired. we've never had real stability since... and the closest we came was with 'ang dog 'arry.
Everyone's a bloody critic these days, I think too many people are still spitting their dummies coz we are the only Prem team not to get taken over by some Billionaire consortium lately.... Terry Brown sold us to the most attractive bidder- to him... Football is a business pure and simple at that level and Terry was never shy of wringing a few quid out of the Hammers at the best of times.
Personally I liked Zola and the team attitude that was conveyed under him, but the new owners got rid, so that's that. The squad is largely unchanged since Zola (due to the various comings and goings and of course the new West Ham tradition of a (physio's) benchmark signing every season.
If the remit of the manager was anything other than rebuild the squad and if we stay up, bonus: then it's delusions of grandeur I'm afraid.
If the board do not have funds to buy our way out of trouble: (and if we are paying 6 months at £90,000 a week for Wayne Bridge that's 2.34 million; hardly small potatoes) then we are reliant on what we have already...
Rob Green an England quality keeper; scapegoated for an appalling World Cup, but with the quality of our defensive play, he's got an incredible save ratio I'm sure (cba to geek-seek it)
Matthew Upson An England Central defender- ok so he's off in the summer by all accounts but if he doesn't bother between now and May, logically who's going to bother with him? And as he proved against Brum, when he's motivated the boy sho' can play!
Scott Parker: the fact that he is still here speaks volumes about the board; hands up who thinks he would still be here, (or even LAST January) under Terry Brown's regime?
Mark Noble ever had a hernia? If you have ,Nuff said. If not, THEY &*^%ING HURT.
Carlton Cole: with the attacking options available to Capello, you don't get to be knocking on that door unless you've got something to bring to the party. Carlton Cole is quality pure and simple.
That is the "spine" of our team.
We have introduced an experienced proven left-back in wayne Bridge who certainly has something to prove.
The return of Jack Collison and the long-anticipated debut of Thomas Hitzlsperger will give us 4 quality central midfielders at our disposal... Steve Sidwell was just not we needed right now, if the manager was given 10 mill to play with, then maybe, but he hasn't.
Victor Obinna, I am at a loss as to why people are so keen to put Victor down; I can only assume it's down to his frankly ridiculous (ok not as bad as Song over at the Arse but still...) haircut. If we can get a recognised right-back then it would be fun to see him really let rip down the wing.... and with a back-kick like that, expect to see him on Celebrity come dancing soon.
Yeah we do have some dead wood... Radoslav Kovac you have been rumbled.
Some missed opportunities: Valon Behrami
And the usual bunch of dodgy geezers such as Faubert, Illunga, LBM, Freddie Piquionnnn.... Coolio, Benni the Ball and I'm afraid Danny Gabbidon- everytime I've seen that guy play he looks petrified!
But we also have some real up and comers such as Hines, Sears, Tomkins, Stanislas....
And Jon Spector.... given the injuries we have had (as per) and the fact that Mr. Spector will play anywhere on the park (ten quid says if we were ever without a keeper for whatever reason, Jonathon Spector would be reaching for the gloves).
Avram Grant played the cheekiest 4-3-3 on Tuesday...4-5-1 my arse! and it worked! Yeah we got knacked by the toon, but anyone remember Reading?
We could stay up; if we stay behind the team... January is not the time for a "stock clearance".
The only player I would sell right now is Kovac, and if Behrami truly cannot continue to live in the UK for family reasons then, well he's not a robot... but 5-6 mill., not 2-3...
We have got a few quality players, some guys with real potential and perhaps slightly more than our fair-share of journeymen and out & out passengers... If we stick together and let the manager manage the team rather than the speculation that has surrounded him since the day he signed, then maybe, just maybe we can stay up & concentrate on building the team and keeping Trottenham Hotspurts out of the East End.
(the author of this post is hungover and given to rambling at the best of times)''
09:39AM 15th Jan 2011
''Martin O'Neill is the wrong man to manage the Hammers. We are doomed for the Championship and if he is manager he will resign in May.''
08:59AM 15th Jan 2011
''Grant has never been the right man for the job from day one. The 3-0 away defeat to Aston Villa at the start of the season was a true sign of the things to come.''
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