Avram Grant

Avram Grant prepared for bidding war

By James Masters and Simon Griver, October 28, 2010

Avram Grant is ready to spark a capital bidding war by launching a raid for Israel star Itay Shechter.

The Hapoel Tel Aviv striker is being chased by a whole host of clubs including West Ham and London rivals Tottenham.

Shechter is keen to make the move to the Premier League in the New Year following a successful spell with Hapoel.


David Gold backs Avram Grant

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

David Gold has backed Avram Grant to bring an end to West Ham's disastrous start to the season.

The Hammers have managed just one win from their first seven league games and are bottom of the table.

Grant replaced Gianfranco Zola during the summer after impressing co-owner Gold with plans for the future. And Gold is adamant Grant can lift the gloom and lead his team out of trouble, beginning on Saturday against fellow strugglers Wolves.


Analysis: Yom Kippur stokes Avram’s anguish

By Simon Griver, September 16, 2010

Spare a thought for Avram Grant on Yom Kippur. Never before has a Premier League manager been placed in such a cruel lose-lose predicament. The West Ham manager would have been damned if he stood on the touchline at Stoke on Saturday and will undoubtedly be damned if he didn’t.


Grant sits out Stoke City Yom Kippur match

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2010

West Ham have confirmed that manager Avram Grant will not be in the dugout for Saturday's Premier League at Stoke City to observe Yom Kippur - just as we told you last week.

Grant, along with Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim, has been excused duty for the clash at the Britannia Stadium.

A statement on the club's website said: "West Ham United fully respect and understand the situation. It is very unusual for the day to clash with the fixture list."


Avram Grant out for West Ham Stoke game

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2010

Avram Grant is unlikely to be on the touchline on Yom Kippur when West Ham play at Stoke.

The manager's team is in trouble. After only three games at the start of the season, West Ham have no points.

Mr Grant, who was in Israel last week, was tight-lipped about his Yom Kippur plans, but it is thought he will not travel to Stoke.

The West Ham boss, although not religious, has always observed Yom Kippur in the past.


Avram Grant: 'at home' at West Ham

By James Masters, August 12, 2010

Avram Grant has revealed that he feels right at home in London's East End ahead of West Ham's opening Premier League game of the season.

The former Israel coach, who replaced Gianfranco Zola at Upton Park last month, begins his reign with a trip to managerless Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Hammers endured a wretched season fighting against relegation last time around but Grant is adamant the feel-good factor surrounding the club has given everyone a newfound confidence.

"Life is very good and I feel as if I have been here at Upton Park for many years," he said.


West Ham close in on Ben Haim

July 20, 2010

Updated: Reports that Tal Ben Haim’s failed a medical at West Ham today appear unfounded.

We understand that the Israeli defender in fact passed the tests at Upton Park. However, any possible deal remains incomplete as Ben Haim has yet to sign a contract due to the player and club failing to agree a salary.

Ben Haim hopes to be reunited with manager Avram Grant, whom he worked under at Portsmouth.

Ben Haim stayed on the bench during Portsmouth’a FA Cup final defeat against Chelsea after recovering from a groin injury.


Ben Haim set to join West Ham

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2010

West Ham manager Avram Grant has been reunited with Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim after agreeing to sign him from former club Portsmouth.

The Hammers agreed a deal with the cash-strapped club, relegated from the Premier League last season, after agreeing a compromise on Ben Haim's wages.

West Ham originally offered £30,000 a week, around £8,000 a week short of what the Ben Haim was earning at Portsmouth but they have improved their offer.


Avram Grant: Germany not better than England

By Alex Carson, July 12, 2010

West Ham manager Avram Grant is urging England fans to keep faith in the national team following their disappointing World Cup campaign.

After watching England go down 4-1 to Germany, Grant says that the situation really is not as bad as it appears, insisting that English football can still be a major force in the world.

“I have faith in English players,” he said. “I’ve been coming here at least five times a year since I was 20 so I know the English mentality better, in some cases, more than the people here. I see it from the inside and from the outside.


Arsenal star impressed by Avram Grant

By Andrew Pentol, July 8, 2010

Former Arsenal star Brendon Batson has praised incoming West Ham boss Avram Grant. He also backed new Chelsea signing Yossi Benayoun to shine at Stamford Bridge after the midfielder completed his move from Liverpool last week.

Batson said: "There have always been Jewish players giving their best week in, week out, but in terms of managers, Avram Grant is well respected and has performed at a high level off the pitch."