Avram Grant finally runs out of luck

September 13, 2010 9

Is Avram Grant a good football manager or not?  Frankly, I haven’t the foggiest.

Prior to his time at West Ham, he’d been in charge at two Premier League clubs, and on both occasions was the beneficiary of circumstances which either made him look good, or rendered him immune from criticism.

At Chelsea he inherited a team and set of players who required little-to-no adjustment.  In his brief but brilliantly successful time at the club, Jose Mourinho had installed a tactical discipline and will to win that remains to this day.  Ending as runner-up in three competitions was the genesis of Grant’s reputation as a gallant loser.

It was a persona that he cemented in his time at Portsmouth.  Their financial troubles and eventual points deduction made any positive result both an achievement and a surprise.  To gain a measure of the goodwill towards Grant, just recall the muted reaction to his alleged visit to a brothel as compared to Wayne Rooney’s recent travails.

Despite relegation, Grant departed Portsmouth with his reputation intact – even enhanced.  His appointment at West Ham, however, was met with a mixed reaction by supporters, and any initial doubts have been confirmed after a return of zero points from their opening four games.  For the first time in a long time, Grant is being exposed to criticism.  The fixture list has dealt him a cruel hand, whilst the transfer funds he was promised have never materialised.

This season, unlike last, Grant will not be spared by the press when it comes for blame to be apportioned.  The plight of Portsmouth induced empathy in neutrals and the media.  West Ham’s popularity, meanwhile, is spiraling downwards under the ownership of the Gollivan monster.  In many ways, Grant’s best hope is that the fans turn on the owners before the coach.   One suspects, however, that Gold & Sullivan are too savvy to allow that to happen.

The current odds of 11/4 on him being the next Premier League manager to leave his post seem remarkably long.  Grant’s luck may have finally deserted him.


  1. Hogger September 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm -

    I don’t think you would have been being oversensitive – it would have been in very poor taste.

    No worries Chris, I was a big fan of yours at Ipswich.

  2. Chris Kiwomya September 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm -

    in retrospect i was prob being a little oversensitive to the issue. Love the site btw

  3. Chris Kiwomya September 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm -

    no probs appreciate there was no intention, just checked it, turns out he was actually there.


  4. Hogger September 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm -

    I don’t think it is, Chris.

    If it is, it’s not deliberate. Nicked it off Google images.

  5. Chris Kiwomya September 14, 2010 at 1:39 pm -

    wow just noticed that the picture for this is Avram grant superimposed on a picture of Birkenau, wow thats actually quite sick. I get it, but still.

  6. Last man back September 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm -

    I think he’s at a club which is in a really bad way – how else do you explain the constant presence of Luis Boa Morte?

    I don’t think he’s much of a manager though. I’d be very worried if I were a West Ham fan.

  7. Hogger September 13, 2010 at 11:24 am -

    I have nothing against West Ham per se, but their current style of ownership is damaging their popularity.

  8. JMan September 13, 2010 at 11:07 am -

    No-one asked you for your unique and warped insight O’Connell, so unless you actually can back upo your hyperbole with actual fact just shut the f up. West Ham have and will always be a team of their community, which is more than can be said for many other mercenary teams in the Premiership.

  9. Keith O'Connell September 13, 2010 at 9:16 am -

    “The Gollivan monster” hehe. The Godfather’s of porn when viewed alongside Baron Greenback and the Frankenstein’s monsters that are Carlton Cole and Matthew Upson make West Ham quite a repulsive club all around really!

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