For Avram Grant, how long ago must that Champions League final with Chelsea seem?
Just two and a half years later, Grant has seen a dismal time at Portsmouth end in relegation (bar the FA Cup final), and now it seems Grant will see his second P45 after half a season at bottom club West Ham.
Skysports.com is reporting that no matter the outcome of Arsenal's visit to Upton Park today, Grant will be shown the door. Former Aston Villa boss, Martin O'Neil, is set to take charge. While no moves have been made as of yet, O'Neil's odds to take the job have been slashed from 20/1 to 2/1—even despite Grant guiding the Hammers to just one defeat in their last seven.
For most fans, the shock has been the Grant has stayed in the hot seat for this long. Wins over Fulham and Wolves may have temporarily eased pressure, but it was clear West Ham had little choice but to make a move after falling 5-0 to Newcastle at St. James Park
O'Neil walked out on Aston Villa before the start of the Premier League season, reportedly over transfer disputes, after molding them into a respectable upper-tier side. He now appears to be the man Gold and Sullivan have tipped to engineer West Ham's great escape from the bottom of the table.
Is Martin O'Neil the right man to save West Ham's season and keep them in the Premier League?
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