Tony Cottee column: West Ham are a laughing stock

“Avram Grant was always the wrong man for the job and I said so and many others did when he was appointed”

There are three sets of people who are to blame for West Ham’s demise this season; the players, the board and of course the management team.

Avram Grant was always the wrong man for the job and I said so and many others did when he was appointed.

I understand that he is a nice fella, but that doesn’t mean you will be a good manager and ultimately he fell short in every department.

His team selections and substitutions were often bizarre. While his motivational skills and passion seemed non existent.


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I blame the board for appointing him, because they obviously interviewed him for the position and by his previous employment records they knew what he was like.

He had just taken Portsmouth down to the Championship, so why would you think he could do a good job at West Ham?

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They are too vocal and media-hungry. Stunts like turning up to the training ground in a helicopter are best avoided.

The best owners are the ones whose names you know, but don’t see their faces every day and the club is now a laughing stock and I’m not laughing.

The ones I feel sorry for are the fans who have been magnificent all season and have been extremely patient.

The players have often let them down and must take a lot of responsibility for the relegation. I looked through yesterday’s programme and I would say there are 17 internationals in that squad. It’s a team which has massively underachieved.

Of course the manager has not helped, but Scott Parker, Thomas Hitzlsperger and possibly Mark Noble aside because of their injury problems, every player should take a look at themselves in the mirror.

There will be players distraught at relegation like they were last Sunday at Wigan, but there will also be those who are not bothered, because they know they will move on and find another club.

This has been probably the worst season for West Ham since the Bond-scheme debacle and one we must draw a line under the sand.

I know we were relegated eight years ago, but at least that side produced some decent results playing decent football and the first four games when we lost every one really set the tone.

Sunday’s result and flat performance against Sunderland really summed up West Ham’s campaign.

It was a real end of season game and although everyone was trying it was a poor performance and Sunderland were by far the better side.

I’m disappointed, but especially for Kevin Keen. I spoke to Kevin before the match and he was so excited about the prospect of taking charge of the game.

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