Upton Park manager is willing to stink to high heaven in order to get the job done.
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Avram Grant has revealed the secret of West Ham United’s upturn in recent form … his lucky scarf. The Israeli explained his side’s surge up to 16th in the Premier League was down to a piece of cloth costing less than £10 from the Upton Park shop.
While players have been favouring snoods this season, Grant was handed a scarf when temperatures dropped before the Carling Cup quarter-final against Manchester United on 30 November.
“It was Bob Oteng, the kit man, who supplied it,” Grant said. “It was very cold against Manchester United but very warm after the game. Everything is warm after a win.”
Grant did not wear the club colours around his neck for the defeats to Sunderland and Manchester City, and the draw with Blackburn Rovers, before his fashion accessory returned against Fulham. There has been an element of luck to West Ham’s run of results since; Fulham set up both of Carlton Cole’s goals at Craven Cottage, while Everton and Wolves scored own goals at Upton Park.
Grant has previous experience of having a lucky charm during an unbeaten run, from his time with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
“I remember when I was in Israel it was winter and I wore the same clothes. We won 11 games but I couldn’t carry on wearing it, my shirt was smelling. I changed and we drew so the owner blamed me.” (Guardian)
Expect scarf sales to quadruple off the back of Avram Grant’s comments. By all accounts the Israeli West Ham manager is a well liked character in the game, but will that all vanish if he starts to smell like a wheelie bin? The Hammers supporters have shown great loyalty to the Upton Park boss and they appear to appreciate the way he likes to play the game.
If Grant wants to help the east London club avoid the drop he may well have to keep wearing that scarf, and perhaps some lucky underwear, for a good few months. If they do stay up Avram can then sell the scarf on Ebay and use the funds for a celebration party.
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