News broke out today that West Ham manager Avram Grant has been suprisingly sacked before the first game of the season. Grant was appointed West Ham manager on the 3rd June 2010 on a four year deal after impressing many pundits by taking cash strapped Portsmouth to the F.A Cup Final and so to sack him a few weeks after his appointment is a major U-turn by the club's board with many fans voicing their anger at owners David Gold and David Sullivan these look like tough times ahead for the Hammers.
Here is what joint owner David Gold had to say to explain West Ham's decisions:
When asked about a potential replacement for Grant, Gold replied that they had 'narrowed it down to a few candidates' and that 'an announcement will be made in due course when we have appointed the right man'We do not believe Avram Grant is the right man to take West Ham forward and we believe going into the new season with him in charge would be a big mistake, and so the board has made this decisive decision with the best interests of West Ham United at heart in order to ensure we grow as a football club
We will bring you any news on the vacant magerial role as soon as we get it...
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Two days after the sacking of Avram Grant, West Ham have announced Dom Ascroft as their new manager. The appointment is a suprising one as it is his first job as a manager, however people in the game who have worked with him, claim that this appointment is a superb one.
West Ham Unveil New Manager
Q: You stand here as the new manager of West Ham United, you must be very proud and pleased to be trusted with this position.
A: Yes of course, I'm delighted that the the board have put their faith in me and given me this great oppurtunity to prove my managerial talent
Q: This ones to you David Gold, many West Ham fans are probably unaware of this man you have made the new manager of their club, why did you see him as the most credible candidate?
A: Well he applied for the job as soon as the news broke that we had parted company with Avram and to be honest we were unaware of Dom's managerial attributes ourselves. However in the interview process his hunger, drive, determination and knowledge of the game glowed at he out-shone the many other credible candidates, and we had no doubts he was the right man to take this club forward.
Q: Well after a build up like that from Mr. Gold you must be feeling the pressure to deliver. What are your plans for this club?
A: There's always pressure to deliver in every job and every walk of life so it is nothing new. My aspirations for this club? To make West Ham the best team in the country.
A quiet burst of laughter rang around the room
Q: Do you honestly believe West Ham will become the best team in the country?
A: I know what I believe, the rest of you will have to wait and see.
No more questions please.
The press conference still left more people unsure than convinced about the new manager of West Ham. Is he really serious about West Ham becoming the best team in the country? Well as he said, you'll have to wait and see.