A pow-wow at Upton Park sparked turnaround in fortunes
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Valon Behrami has revealed West Ham’s squad held a meeting without manager Avram Grant ahead of their vital victory over Wigan last weekend.
The Hammers remain at the foot of the table despite their 3-1 success against the Latics, but are now within striking distance of a position of safety.
And midfielder Behrami, who found the net against Wigan, explained how the players took it upon themselves to discuss their previously woeful start to the season without Grant in a bid to aid the Israeli.
“We talked as a team, because the manager did a lot of things for us. It was the moment to talk to each other face to face without the manager, because it’s something that comes from us,” he told the East London Advertiser.
“The manager can give support, but there was a moment when we had to give something more. This is how important the team spirit is.”
Player meetings at West Ham? Did those not happen at Chelsea when Hammers boss Avram Grant had his one season in charge there? And wasn’t much of the credit for the Blues resurgence that season that almost saw them win the Champions League given to the likes of John Terry Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack for marshalling the troups and motivating them to succeed?
Perhaps, that’s too harsh on Avram but it cannot be a good sign that it is the players that are creating the team spirit seemingly in spite of the manager. Still, as mentioned earlier, it hasn’t done Chelsea too much harm so as long as they’ve got somebody inspirational leading the discussions – Scott Parker, say, rather than Robert Green or Jonathan Spector – then maybe it’s a positive sign.
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