Avram Grant hanging on by a thread at West Hamby Paul Smith / 27 October 2010, 10:37Tweet
Avram Grant may have signed a four year deal with West Ham United when he joined as the 13th permanent manager of the Hammers earlier this year, but the clubs position at the bottom of the Premiership following their shockingly poor start to the season has cast severe doubts as to how long the Israeli will be given by the West Ham board.
When he was brought in to replace the sacked Gianfranco Zola he was expected to help turn things around for the East London side instead under Grant West Ham have had their worst ever start in the Premiership, not gaining a point until their fifth game of the season when they managed to scrape a draw against Stoke City. Since then they have played a further 4 Premier league games winning once against Tottenham and collecting 2 draws, this has given Grant the worst win percentage that has been recorded for a West Ham permanent manager, after 11 games in charge he has a win percentage of just 27.27% slightly behind that of the manager he replaced Gianfranco Zola who ended his managerial career with West Ham on 28.75%.
So far this season Grant has bought in players Thomas Hitzlsperger, Frederic Piquionne and Pablo Barrera into the West Ham squad along with loan signings Tal Ben Haim from Grant's old club Portsmouth and Victor Obinna from Inter Milan but so far none of these players have yet been able to inject life into the West Ham squad and help progress the team up the table.
At the moment according to bookmakers Paddy Power Avram Grant is one of the favourites to be the next Premiership manager to lose their job at odds of 4/1 and West Ham are currently one of the favourite teams to be relegated at the end of the season with odds of 11/10 to be playing in the Npower Championship next season and they are being quoted at odds of 11/2 to be the bottom team at the end of the season, to avoid relegation this season they are at odds of 4/6.
West Hams next game is a Carling Cup home fixture against Stoke City who so kindly supplied them with their first point earlier this season, a win tonight would relieve some of the pressure that Grant is currently under but Stoke are no pushovers away from home, last year claiming three London scalps on the road (West Ham one of them along with Tottenham and Fulham).
West Ham v Stoke match odds
- 11/8 - West Ham win
- 2/1 - Stoke win
- 9/4 - Draw
West Ham relegation and match odds are supplied courtesy of Paddy Power.