The scene is London. We’re taken to Upton Park to watch West Ham take on Arsenal in a do or die clash in what was supposedly Grant’s last match in charge. Speculation had been centred around under fire coach Avram Grant before, during, and after the match as Arsenal dismantled a poor West Ham side.
Recently we’ve seen a certain revival for the Hammers, losing only once in seven but Grant remains under an incredible amount of scrutiny. Prior to Christmas, West Ham had only two wins to their name and pundits were constantly pondering when Grant’s time was going to come to an end.
Saturday morning, football fans alike were fed the story that Avram Grant was, in fact, being sacked apres the encounter with Arsenal with Martin O’Neill replacing the Israeli. It’s unclear whether or not these reports were true being reported by the BBC and Sky Sports but those stories were countered by the Guardian stating that Grant was staying on at West Ham for the time being. The Guardian was correct and following the lethargic display against Arsenal, Grant had kept his job, for now.
Following the match, the after match press conference was swarmed by journalists in an effort to break the story first to their respective sites but there was nothing to report and it was, in fact, a false alarm earlier this morning. Despair for the journalists as Grant inevitably had luck on his side.
What I can’t understand is why it’s taken this long for David Sullivan and Co. to take action regarding Grant’s position at the club. Last season West Ham had finished a dangerous 17th, led by former Chelsea ace Gianfranco Zola and when he was sacked, Avram Grant was handed the reigns following his successful half season at Chelsea, leading them to within two points of the title.
Grant has failed to impress during his time at Upton Park and is on the brink of being given the boot.
Martin O’Neill would be a fantastic acquisition for West Ham but it would take a considerable amount of time to turn things around. The situation is similar to Liverpool with Anfield legend ‘King Kenny’ Dalglish taking over from Roy Hodgson. O’Neill, if appointed, will have around 15-16 matches to turn things around and a tally of 38 points would be ideal for the Hammers to avoid relegation.
Also in the headlines of late has been influential skipper Scott Parker. Parker has been instrumental in the matches West Ham have, in fact, won and has come up with some crucial goals for his side this season. Recent speculation has led football fans to believe Parker may be leaving the club in the near future after growing sick of West Ham’s dismal performances this season.
Parker’s been linked heavily with Tottenham and most notably, Liverpool who need a player of Parker’s calibre to get their season back on track and aim for the European spots.