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Are West Ham United about to sack Avram Grant?

Avram Grant, a man of capable managerial quality, is regularly being touted as the next man to be sacked in the English Premiership. English bookmakers have the Israeli as the favourite to next be sacked, suspecting that his disappointing reign at West Ham United so far is sufficient reason for the board to lose patience and dismiss him. Many football analysts would argue that the decision would be unjust because Avram Grant inherited a squad that was already quite weak and struggling against relegation and he was provided with very few funds to strengthen it. Expecting a bigger transfer budget, as Avram Grant himself admitted, West Ham United fans cannot have expected the man to perform miracles with such a shoestring purse and a depleted squad shorn of genuine quality in numbers.

There are a number of good players at the club, most notably Scott Parker, but the lack of strength in depth has hindered the clubs opportunity to press on up the table. Having drawn a couple of matches at Upton Park which the West Ham United fans and even the West Ham United board would have expected the club to win, against West Bromwich Albion and Blackpool, the support has turned against Avram Grant and he is now anticipated to be walking a tightrope. It is rumoured that Avram Grant is expected to turn around performances, and results, immediately and start moving West Ham United up the table before the new year begins and the club finds itself in a relegation battle. Whether the Israeli, who achieved so much in Israeli football and took Chelsea all the way to the Champions League final, where they only then lost on penalties, is capable of managing the task assigned to him is another matter.

He has demonstrated his qualities in the past and it is expected of him to do so again and so he is likely to be hoping that his main striker Carlton Cole can quickly find fitness and form and begin scoring goals like he has often demonstrated in the past that he is capable of doing. Avram Grant will also be hoping that his defensive line, marshalled by Matthew Upson in central defence and Robert Green in goal, can continue to keep the opposition attack quiet, limiting their ability to score goals and therefore increase West Ham United’s chances of winning matches.

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