Belfast Telegraph

Grant sacked as Hammers fall

By Robert Jones

West Ham last night parted company with manager Avram Grant in the wake of the club's relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

The Hammers went down after squandering a 2-0 lead at fellow strugglers Wigan to lose 3-2.

Just over an hour after the final whistle at the DW Stadium, a statement on the West Ham website confirmed Grant's time in charge had come to an end.

The statement read: "The club can confirm that Avram Grant is no longer the manager of West Ham United.

"First-team coach Kevin Keen will take charge of the team for the final home match of the season against Sunderland on Sunday 22 May."

In his post-match press conference, Grant had accepted responsibility for West Ham's plight and apologised to the club's fans.

"I will not speak too much about the unbelievable problems we have had this year and other things because it is a game of results," the 56-year-old Israeli said.

"My job was to keep the team in the league and I didn't do it.

"Many things were good, but at the end of the day, football is a game of results and the results are my responsibility."

The Hammers looked on course for the victory they needed to stand any chance of beating the drop after Demba Ba's headers put them 2-0 up.

But the Latics stormed back after the break, Charles N'Zogbia scoring either side of a Conor Sammon equaliser.

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