West Ham boss Grant: I’m no quitter
Hammers manager Avram Grant insists he is not giving up, while vice-chairman Karren Brady has dished out the dreaded vote of confidence.
WEST HAM boss Avram Grant has insisted that he will not quit West Ham despite the Hammers sitting rock bottom of the Premier League with just one victory in 13 games.
And the manager was given the dreaded vote of confidence by vice-chairman Karren Brady who insisted that the club had no intention of sacking the Israeli coach.
Grant was on the hunt for maximum points from the two home games in the last week, but dismal draws against both West Brom and Blackpool, has plunged them deeper into trouble.
The manager stood up to a grilling from journalists following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with the Seasiders and insisted he was going nowhere.
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“I don’t speak about myself, but I think what we are doing, with all due respect, is a good job,” said Grant after being asked whether he was the right man for the Upton Park hotseat.
“I think we need to continue with the way we are playing and the wins will come. I have no intention of giving up.”
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Maybe, but there is a chance that co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will decide that they need to make changes and rumours abound already that former boss Alan Curbishley is a name in the frame.
One win all season tells a sorry tale, but Grant remains positive about the quality of his squad.
“I think this is a very strange situation, because with one win in 13, you could have said the football is not good and everything is not good,” explained the manager.
“But the players have developed 70 per cent and they are better month to month, so I don’t know what to say to you because this is a fact.”
Actually it isn’t, it is an opinion, and one that not many West Ham fans in the ground on Saturday would agree with as some even called for the manager’s head.
Grant though, was keen to play that down: “The supporters are great,” said the boss. “I think to the last minute against Blackpool, they saw the efforts that everyone is giving.
“Some were disappointed from the game, of course, the result was not good and the result is everything, and not everything.”
The result is not everything if you are in mid-table or if your job is not on the line, but for Grant and West Ham neither of those statements are true.
The situation puts the owners in a difficult position. They pride themselves on giving managers plenty of time and of course, Grant was their own choice, but it is a question of how long their nerve holds as they sit propping up the league.
Grant stresses that one win will lead to others, but that certainly wasn’t the case after the Tottenham victory, while stories of unrest at the training ground refuse to go away.
Brady however, was keen to back up her manager stating in a radio interview: “We haven’t even had the discussion about whether Avram is going to be here or not – weak-minded people press the panic button.
“We did quite a lot of transfer business in the summer, but obviously not enough, but January gives us the ideal opportunity to do things to help our football team,” said Brady.
“Not only is he going to keep his job, but we also accept that we have the responsibility. We are the board, we put our hands in our pockets.”
Admirable sentiments, but if West Ham fail to win at Liverpool or at home to Wigan Athletic next week, just how strong will their resolve be?