Avraham Grant 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Avraham Grant’s time at West Ham United came to an end on Sunday night shortly
after his team lost 3-2 at fellow struggler Wigan Athletic, becoming the first
side to be relegated from the Premier League this season and ensuring that the
Israeli manager will end a secondstraight campaign rock-bottom of the English
Grant’s side endured a wretched season, picking up just seven
wins in taking 33 points from 37 matches.
West Ham was condemned to the
drop to the Championship (second division) despite taking an early two-goal lead
Two goals from Demba Ba had West Ham 2-0 up in the first 26
minutes, but Charles N’Zogbia started the comeback with a ferocious free kick 12
minutes after the restart.
Substitute Conor Sammon made it 2-2 on 68
minutes before N’Zogbia sent the Wigan fans into a frenzy when he won it at the
The other two relegation spots will be decided in the final games
of the season next Sunday.
However, Grant, who finished in last place
with Portsmouth last year, will not have the chance to bid farewell to the West
Ham supporters when it hosts Sunderland next week after parting ways with club
almost immediately after it was relegated.
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“The club can confirm that
Avram Grant is no longer the manager of West Ham United,” an official club
“First-team coach Kevin Keen will take charge of the team
for the final home match of the season against Sunderland on Sunday 22
Before the announcement of Grant’s departure was made, the Israeli
spoke of how bad he felt for the club’s fans.
“It’s a very sad day for me
personally and I’m sorry for the supporters who are amazing,” Grant said in his
post-match television interview.
“I believed in this club even though I
knew about the financial problems. I believed that we could do something good
and stay in the league and I’m very sad we couldn’t do it. I still believe in
the future of this club and I’m sorry we couldn’t do it for the
Ahead of Sunday’s match at Wigan, Grant claimed that West Ham is a
better team than it was last season when it avoided relegation and that his side
is paying the price for the improved play of the Premier League’s bottom
“Since January we have had a better squad here than last year,”
Grant told News of The World. “We just haven’t taken points when we have been
the better side.
“If you see the performances generally I cannot say we
are a bad team but I am the last man who can ignore results. And you have to
remember there is no Hull or Burnley and no teams that were under the threat of
liquidation like Portsmouth, so the league is much stronger this
Meanwhile, Chelsea gained a sliver of compensation for a
trophy-less season by effectively securing the Premier League runners-up spot
behind Manchester United despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Newcastle United on
Inconsistent Arsenal lost 2-1 to Aston Villa and cannot now catch
their fellow Londoners, although Arsene Wenger’s side could still be pipped for
third and the final automatic Champions League place by FA Cup winner Manchester
Just one point separates second bottom Wigan (39 points), Blackpool
(39), Birmingham City (39), who lost 2-0 at home to Fulham, Wolverhampton
Wanderers (40) and Blackburn Rovers (40).
Liverpool missed the chance to
secure fifth spot and a Europa League place at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur
after a 2-0 home defeat to the London side which leapfrogged them into the
European position.Reuters contributed to this report
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