Tony Cottee Column: West Ham fans have been patient with Grant
It’s hard to remain patient when your team are bottom of the table at Christmas
I know boss Avram Grant has asked for patience, but when your side is bottom of the table at Christmas, he’s likely to find it in short supply.
The fans have already been patient and if the club were in the position they are in now 20 years ago there would’ve been protests outside the ground.
I don’t know how the manager can expect any more from the fans, because the only place West Ham are going is to the Championship.
I believe the owners will give him at least until the Wolves game to show he can lead the club to safety.
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The problem Grant has it that there are some very good managers out there and available in Sam Allardyce and Martin O’Neill, who could replace him if results don’t improve and that decision is left to the owners.
A lot of fans have been pretty negative towards an appointment of Big Sam because they feel he will play long ball.
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You can only work with what you have got and if you give him good money he will buy players who will play a brand of football the West Ham fans will enjoy.
He has never had money to spend so he has not been able to bring those quality players and I believe he is the type of manager who could keep West Ham up.
What he has achieved at Bolton and Blackburn is remarkable. Turning Bolton into a regular top flight side and taking them into Europe.
He’s a manager who embraces modern technology, using Pro Zone and all the tools he can to get the most from his sides.
Blackburn were struggling towards the bottom of the Premier League when he took over. Not only did he keep them up he took them to mid-table, a position where he left them before getting sacked.
A loss against Blackburn would have been dreadful and on paper drawing with Rovers is a good point.
What was pleasing is the fact West am went behind, but showed good resilience to come back score and take a share of the spoils and this point could be vital come the end of the season.
Ewood Park is a difficult place to go to, but after what happened to Allardyce it was probably the best time to play them.
There is no doubt the players would have been angry and upset, because Sam was popular there and morale would have been low. It was an opportunity lost.
I’d like to think our terrible away record was nagging on the back of the players’ minds, because our record away from home is just not good enough and if you ask any of the players they will agree.
We have not won away from Upton Park in 27 matches and we are fast-approaching the record of 33 and with our form at home not too clever we need to end this streak immediately.
We have three tough but winnable games ahead and a target of six points from nine is a target which much be achieved if the club are to build momentum and find form to drag themselves out of the bottom three.
The Hammers are desperate for a good run of results and if it fails to materialise the pressure on the boss is only likely to increase