Avram Grant, the West Ham United manager, will leave the club today following the match against Arsenal at Upton Park.
The Israeli boss has been under pressure as West Ham struggle in the relegation zone, although Grant has seen his side beaten only once in their last seven matches, and has seen the Hammers reach the Carling Cup semi-final, where they currently hold a 2-1 lead over Birmingham City from the first leg.
However, in a situation reminiscent of Martin Jol’s final day at Spurs – when the Dutchman took charge of a UEFA Cup fixture at home to Getafe when the footballing world knew he was about to be sacked – Grant will oversee the match against Arsenal, before being relieved of his duties.
Furthermore, it is understood that former Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill, who left the Midlands side on the eve of the Premier League season, has been offered the manager’s job at the Boleyn Ground.
It is believed that O’Neill has been offered a six-month, highly incentivised contract with West Ham, in a bid to ensure that the club doesn’t get relegated this season. If O’Neill takes on the job and can drag them away from the relegation zone, then he can be expected to be offered a long-term deal in the summer, with a decent sized transfer budget to rebuild.
However, the former Leicester City and Celtic boss is notorious for being meticulous in his approach before deciding upon his own future.
If he decides against taking the job, the Hammers could be left staring into the abyss, and the board could well face the wrath of the Upton Park faithful.
Editor’s Comment: It would appear that Martin O’Neill isn’t as keen on the Hammers job as the West Ham board thought he was when they let it be known he was being offered the job. Can’t blame him for distancing himself.