Thursday, December 16, 2010

Avram Grant Issued Hammers Ultimatum

As Avram Grant was called into the boardroom yesterday there must've been only one thing on his mind: "am I getting sacked?" and really who could blame him, he's brought shame to Upton Park ever since his arrival and he wasn't exactly quality at Chelsea either, being sacked after one season. It seem Hammers co-owners David Gold & David Sullivan have become seemingly frustrated with Grant's presence as he's led West Ham down a dark path and they are now battling for survival in the premiership.

What was gathered from that board meeting was that Grant was met with an ultimatum. Its reported he's been given three weeks to turn the season around with difficult games against Blackburn, Fulham and Everton yet to come.

West Ham currently sit bottom of the premiership four points adrift of closest relegation candidates Wolves. The one-standout highlight for West Ham this season was definitely the Carling Cup Quarter Final demolition over a reserve Manchester United side. Although the fans were in jubilation and the board were satisfied, that feeling soon faded when West Ham were given a dose of reality last weekend losing to champions Chelsea 3-1 at home. The hammers were booed off the pitch and their miserable season continued.

The standout player this season is undoubtedly captain Scott Parker. He's been influential for the hammers but unfortunately it’s not a one-man team. He must be growing increasingly frustrated at the current situation at the club and there is talk of him leaving in January. Its reported that Liverpool & Tottenham are interested in his services and I think he deserves a better club too. He has run the show at Upton Park so far this season and he has proved that he deserves champions league football, that’s where his standard is at and he would be equipped well at Liverpool considering he's an all-rounder and Liverpool definitely look like making an approach as they have lacked an attacking midfielder this season with Gerrard being out for large portions of the season.

A win for Avram Grant on Saturday vs Blackburn would be more than satisfactory for the board but only one win in 11 proves these are more than difficult times for the London club. There are also a growing list of casualties for Grant which has dampened the availability of his squad and this has been taken into consideration however, if Grant doesn't win one of the next three he will become the third managerial casualty of this season and will be unemployed by the time we enter the new year.

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