He may look like a toad but Avram could well be just the man to fill Upton Park hot seat.
Avram Grant is a shock managerial contender for West Ham as Gianfranco Zola prepares to quit, despite keeping the club up.
Zola, 43, is certain to leave his £1.8million-a-year contract at Upton Park as he is unhappy with the club’s new board.
And Hammers’ joint-chairman David Sullivan has refused to guarantee the future of Zola after the Italian secured the club’s top-flight status.
Now former Chelsea boss Grant, 54, is on the Hammers’ short-list of possible replacements after taking Portsmouth to the FA Cup final.
Grant took charge at Fratton Park last November but could not stop relegation after Pompey were hit with a points deduction for going into administration.
But the Israeli has restored his reputation and is joined by Martin Jol, Steve McClaren and Slaven Bilic on West Ham’s short-list.
No final decision by Zola or the club will be announced until after crunch end-of-season talks between Sullivan, David Gold and the Hammers boss.
But Sullivan last night offered no assurances about Zola when he spoke to MirrorFootball .
Sullivan said: “We will sit down with him at the end of the season and decide what he wants.
“He has indicated he doesn’t want to discuss his position until the end of the season.” (Daily Mirror)
There is no doubting that whilst Avram Grant clearly spends too much time at massage parlours and looks too much like an amphibian he is also a damned good manager. His short stint at Chelsea, where he came achingly close to clinching both the Premier League title and a Champions League triumph, and during his spell in charge of doomed Portsmouth, have proven just what the Israeli is capable of.
It seems fairly likely Grant will leave Fratton Park in the summer and likewise that Zola will leave Upton Park and I am sure that Hammers fans would be pretty satisfied with having Avram at the helm. Surely that would be preferable to the likes of Phil Brown or Steve McClaren, wouldn’t it?