Upton Park boss in danger of early sacking?
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan insists Avram Grant is not under pressure after just three games of the season.
Some reports have claimed that Sullivan and his co-owner David Gold, were considering Grant’s position – despite only appointing him in the summer.
Grant succeeded Gianfranco Zola in the summer, but he has endured a poor start with West Ham losing their opening three games.
But Sullivan says, Grant is not under any pressure from him and that he has had to cope with a tough start.
“I haven’t relayed any messages to Avram at all. I just expect a gradual improvement in form. It’s not all doom and gloom,” he told the News of the World.
“You can’t judge a team after three games. It’s very premature. When you’re building something it takes time and there have been changes at all levels.
“The next three games are very, very tough. Chelsea at home, Stoke who are particularly good on their own ground and Tottenham at home.” (Sky Sports)
Let’s hope that David Sullivan is not giving the Israeli a vote of confidence and that he really is going to give the former Portsmouth and Chelsea boss time to ease himself into the Upton Park job. There is no doubt that West Ham have not impressed at all in their first three games of the season but it’s still far too early to even talk of swinging the axe.
Grant has seen a great many players join the club and it will take time to see those players gel and it’s worth mentioning he has taken over at a club who ended last term with just two wins in their final 12 games. The upcoming games will prove very tricky and no doubt the pressure will merely intensify if a win is not secured but the east London side would do well to act in a measured way rather than opting for any knee jerk reactions.
Avram is currently one of the favourites in the Premier League sack race but Messrs Sullivan and Gold should not set any unrealistic goals on their new boss and instead they should seek to see a season of transition and be happy with avoiding a relegation scrap.
In time it should prove that West Ham enough about them to pull away from the drop zone. The issue would appear to be whether Grant is given time to prove himself.