Wednesday, May 12

Grant-maintained football club?

Avram Grant is the bookies’ favourite for the Upton Park job. And you have to say that, facially, his Addams Family demeanour might suit the West Ham job.

Yes. he has more experience than Zola, as manager of Israel and in England as manager of Chelsea and Portsmouth., and is used to dealing with demanding oligarchs.

In his season at Chelsea they came second in the league, were runners up in the Carling Cup and only lost the Champions League Final on penalties after John Terry slipped. He inherited a fine squad, but this was some achievement following on from Mourinho.

He’s also done well to maintain morale at Portsmouth and, incredibly, reach the FA Cup Final while in administration.

However, my major reservation about Grant is that he lacks experience in buying and selling players. At Chelsea he bought Anelka – an easy signing to make if you have pots of dosh — but no-one else. And at Portsmouth the person who did a brilliant job assembling a side of bargains and misfits in two weeks was the sacked Paul Hart, not Grant.

The team massages should improve though.

And talking of massages, another scary name mentioned was Glenn Hoddle. Spurs and West Ham should never mix, but at least we might get Eileen Drewery and the chance for the Bobby Moore Stand to revive Dexys Midnight Runners’ Come on Eileen.

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