November 27, 2010 | In: Articles

Grant believes in Hammers

Under-pressure West Ham manager Avram Grant believes his Premier League strugglers can turn around their flagging season.

Grant was brought in over the summer as Gianfranco Zola’s successor with the hope of improving the club’s fortunes.

However, Grant’s tenure has been a struggle, just as it was for Zola, with the team languishing at the wrong end of the table.

Grant has seen and done it all before in the game and is not worried by pressure, stating he believes his players can become a good team.

West Ham entertain Wigan this weekend and Grant is urging the home faithful to give their heroes their full backing in order to help secure the points.

“Since I have been in football, there have been a lot of times with pressure from different angles,” said Grant.

“This, I think, can be a good pressure, and I have told the players that if they take it in the right way, they can go from the relegation zone to being a good team.

“We need the support of the crowd, and they are great, we can feel them behind us.

“But sometimes they are a bit impatient with a few players, and need to keep it to the end of the game.

“I can understand them, because they have some frustrations, but can take that as energy, so can the team.”


It has been suggested West Ham could ditch their traditional free-flowing style in favour of less attractive football in order to try and win ugly.

Grant is unfamiliar with the expression and he doubts whether he will be able to change his style of playing, although he concedes they need to try new methods in order to achieve success.

“I don’t know what is ugly, that we will not shave before?” continued Grant. “Or that we put the ball in the stand?

“We cannot do it, this is not the tradition of West Ham. It is not something I believe in.

“However, when the game is not going so well, we need to do some different things, especially when we are winning.”

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