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Monday, May 16, 2011

Who now for West Ham?

Classy, Hammers, very classy.

After a season in which the owners lined up Martin O'Neill to replace Avram Grant, then leaked it to the press causing O'Neill to back out, they've finally sacked Grant. With a game to go. In a borrowed room at the DW Stadium, after a 3-2 defeat to Wigan that saw them relegated.

With the club behaving like that, who on earth would want to manage them? If you know that, at any point, they could try to replace you after a series of poor results. You know that they don't even have the manners to let a manager take his defeated team home on the bus before sacking him the next morning. You'd also know - courtesy Alex McLeish at Birmingham - that Karen Brady will be taking you apart in the press, despite her being one of your bosses.

And that's just off the pitch.

On it, you'll have a club with a reputation for a Youth Academy (evidence: Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick) and the fact they had three players in the 1966-winning team. Never mind that Man United did too, or Liverpool's three, or that Leicester and Blackpool had guys in there too, but West Ham had Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst (only because Greaves was injured) and Martin Peters (the "other" one).

You'll get a club where every single one of the Englishmen near the national team squad will want to leave. No Green, no Parker, no Carlton Cole, maybe even Mark Noble, all of whom can command fairly large transfer fees from clubs in the top half of the Premiership. The likes of Upson, Boa Morte, Spector and even Danny "Wales' best defender" Gabbidon are out of contract and unlikely to stay, not to mention Demba Ba and Thomas Hitzlsperger.

Oh yes, and Robbie Keane and Wayne Bridge will also be going back to their clubs after their pointless loan periods.

Why would any current Premiership manager leave their club for West Ham, or any proven Championship manager leave their clubs, either? Anyone who's currently out of a job will certainly be hanging on for something better than a playing assets stripped, newly relegated London club.

West Ham could, and probably will, now go into free fall. League One may well be where they end up with a bump, doing a Leeds or a Southampton. Pity on whoever has to take charge there, because there is unlikely to be much money to spend, nor hope on the horizon.

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