The future of West Ham United has never looked bleaker because David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady have brought the clubs to its knees – and if ever there was a time to sack the board this is it.
A remarkable comeback by Wigan from 2 goals down to relegate the Hammers with a stunning 3-2 win that was completed by Charles N’Zogbia hitting a dramatic injury-time winner put the final nail in the coffin. But the West Ham decline began when the two Davids bought the club.
It all started when the ex-Birmingham spivs sacked manager Gianfranco Zola, brought in Avram Grant – and then undermined their new manager when Karren Brady made a botched attempt to bring in Martin O’Neill. And don’t get me started on the folly of quitting Upton Park to move to the Olympic Stadium – a move which the vast majority of Hammers fans do not want to make.
To rub in West Ham’s woe the club’s shambolic end of season was held up to ridcule when a light aircraft flew over the DW Stadium as the Hammers were being relegated with a banner proclaiming: “Avram Grant Millwall legend.” And rival fans have flooded Twitter and Facebook with a barrage of mickey taking including the photoshopped image of him wearing a Millwall shirt featured above.
This really is rock bottom for the East Enders and the former Chelsea manager. And Grant’s fate was confirmed within minutes of the Hammers being relegated when his immediate departure from the club was confirmed. First-team coach Kevin Keen will take charge for the final game of the season at home to Sunderland.
With so many errors of judgement by the board, it would be wrong to put the blame on Grant.The Hammers boss has been extremely dignified in the way he has conducted himself, despite the shameful way he has been treated by Brady Gold and Sullivan. But the news from inside the club is that the Israeli failed to bring the best out of his players who nicknamed him ‘the imposter’.