Tuesday, 23 November 2010

West Ham on the brink

A Dejected Avram Grant Manager West Ham United 2010/11 Aston Villa V West Ham United (3-0) 14/08/10 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

The rapidly emptying seats in the away section at Anfield on Saturday said it all.

A section of West Ham’s beleaguered supporters voted with their feet as their side slipped to another disappointing loss against Liverpool.

The Hammers were 3-0 down within 38 minutes and the fans who did stick around to watch the rest of the game chose to voice their anger and frustration at what has been a nightmare season for the London club so far.

They sit bottom of the Premier League, five points adrift of safety with just one win to their credit all season.

Avram Grant bore much of the criticism, with supporters calling for former player Paolo Di Canio come in as boss.

Grant only took over the club in June after leaving another crisis club Portsmouth, but has not been able to revive their flagging fortunes.

To be fair to Grant things have been taking downward turn since before this season, with their well publicised financial problems hampering former boss Gianfranco Zola’s attempts to turn the club around.

Grant remains in a job for now, though his assistant Zeljko Petrovic has left the club this week and owners, Davids Sullivan and Gold, are reportedly keen on bringing in some more coaches –including Di Canio – to give the Israeli more support.

It is unlikely though that any new blood will be in by next Saturday, where the Hammers take on Wigan at Upton Park in a game that has already been dubbed a ‘save our season’ clash.

Ticket prices have been slashed in an attempt to secure a boisterous full house in East London against a side two places and five points above them.

A win could lift themselves off the foot of the table and just two points away from safety. A defeat will cut them further adrift, justifying their relegation favourites tag and leaving Grant fearing for his job.

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