S4P wrote:Grant didn't exactly do a good job here but some of the criticism he gets from the press is outrageous. If Mourinho or Ferguson had been the first Chelsea manager to reach the Champions League final (and come within a penalty kick of winning it) and taken a doomed Portsmouth side (who were docked 10 points and having to release players and staff every week) to the FA Cup final (and again, were probably a penalty kick away from winning it) nobody in the press would be writing headlines such as Why did West Ham ever appoint him?.
As Luis appears to be implying, West Ham's squad, excluding a couple of players, is Championship standard. A side which has Green and Upson as regular starters is almost a certainty to be a relegation candidate.
West Ham have gone down with a better team than this in the past.
How is that a championship team in the slightest? Lower mid table yes, but not relegation fodder imo. Grant is a bit like marmite, some people respect him for getting Chelsea to the CL final and Pompey to the FA Cup final. Others just dislike him, it's quite hard to pin the blame on anyone but the players, since it was their poor performances which led to relegation, but is it not the managers job to select the best possible team to win matches, alter tactics to win games and motivate the players? Under Grant those 3 objectives seem to be all unticked(maybe alter tactics could be exempt) However if we look deeper into the issues, a lot of mismanagement by the board has led to a 60 million annual wage bill, coupled with the increasing influence of agents ala Silkman who brought in utter dross like Mido, Mccarthy and Freddy Ljunberg, which cost the club over 10-15 million. It's always hard to assess a managers man management skills until memiors or autobiography's come out, so it will be interesting seeing what Grant is like, he seems very stand offish and the sheer fact that Parker had to motivate the team at half time shows that Grant isn't an inspirational person, despite taking Pompey and Chelsea to finals of cup competitions.